Windows Phone "Mango" Developer Tools Release

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You can learn all about the next release of Windows Phone, code named "Mango" in ANOTHER video- this video is strictly for the devs. Matt Bencke gave us all the 411 on what is to be expected in the Developer Tools that were released TODAY.

Make sure to GET THE TOOLS and start developing! 

Developers can use this beta release to get ready for the upcoming Windows Phone OS release. The new application platform capabilities coming in Mango deliver the top features you have asked for:

- Background processing

- New profiler and emulator for testing

- Use of Silverlight + XNA together

- Silverlight 4

- IE9 web browser control

- Live Tile enhancements: use of back of tiles and ability to update Live Tiles locally

- Deep linking into apps from notifications and Live Tiles

- Additional sensors; direct camera access, compass & gyro

- Fast application switching

- Networking / sockets for communications

- Local SQL database for structured storage

- Access to calendar and contacts for apps



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    The Discussion

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      Yeay - New Tools => New Horizons :)

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      Cool!! Will it also be possible to install Mango on your dev device?

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      Chris Richner


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      Anybody else notice Apple's stock symbol to right of Matt's head? Big Smile

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      cool stuff, will the people/message/other hubs be open for delelopers as well? could someone plug in their own IM service to the messaging hub for example?

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      @Eric_ - Currently at this time the Mango bits are not available for retail and/or developer devices from our current production release.  We will be announcing Mango bits available for our developer community in the near future as well as which devices are compatible.  Check our AppHub for future updates -

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      @aL_:with Mango, we will not be allowing developers to access the message and/or people hubs for security and user experience reasons.

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      I have to admit that I'm a bit disapointed about Location Emulator support in Mango Tools; the older GPS emulator recipe ( was a lot much better for testing applications closer to real usage.

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      @Clody:I'm agreed with you. The new Location Emulator does not supports save points as route to playback, and the geolocation you receive doesn't have speed and course information.

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      Thats something i really think you should reconsider.. One of the biggest features of mango is supposed to be smarter apps that integrate more deeply into the OS and that are not isolated silos, but not allowing third parties to do just that is completly contradictory...

      As a user i'd like to see services like skype in there since we use that alot, but also as a developer im disapointed that we're not allowed to have the same benefits as other services. you'll be forcing ISVs to make their own app silos this way, and that will detract from the user experience and increse security risks far more than allowing people to extens the messaging hub would..

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      While expanding MarketPlace with this release, is Microsoft also expanding the PubCenter for Ads?  I mean integrating PayPal would not be that difficult for non-US developers.

      Believe that would be essential to motivate developers to launch free apps with Ads to monetize their efforts!

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      what about c++?

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      @aL_ I think they are (rightly) worried about getting the user experience destroyed by opening things up too much, too fast, and as a user/developer of both WP7 and WP6, I think they are right.  WP6 was frought with all sorts of well meaning apps and hooks that either killed the responsiveness or battery or both, and A---nd000d is the same way.

      If an app were to be able to get integrated into a hub as you suggest (or as I think you're suggesting), the user experience would not be the same on all phones -- something that MS has time and time again tried to point out that they -- unlike some other googggly interfaces -- will do.

      If you're looking for a totally open platform like some of the other guys, then WP7 is not for you.  If you're looking for a strong, stable platform, with features like no other, with dedicated developers and users, LOOK no further.

      @clody, note that these are "Beta" tools.  They are not final.  I myself was capable of driving the emulator Bing turn by turn directions using the GPS input from the tools, so that's pretty good, but if you have a better tool, no one is forcing you to use the built-in GPS tester.

      Enjoy Windows Phone 7



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      I hate to be a complianer.  I treid to play this video, and i've tried the Brandon Watson developer video.   Each of them stop it 2 or 3 minutes and I can't get them to play any further.

      I don't think it is my fault.  Other videos on other sites are working. 

      Thanks for looking into it.


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      Microsoft announced Mango has over 500 new features. For existing users of Windows Phone 7, this will be a free of charge upgrade. It will be available on newly shipping Windows Phone 7 devices this fall. However, they have not detailed out the timing and the devices for update yet. That will come later. They are also going to announce the official name for the update later this year.

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