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Windows Phone 8 SDK Available Now!

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    Ian2
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    wkempf

    Windows 8 only? Tongue Out

    What about 7.8? What about updated portable libraries?

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    Ian2

    Windows Phone 7 as well, but not 7.8 yet

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    wkempf

    , Ian2 wrote

    Windows Phone 7 as well, but not 7.8 yet

    What do you mean by that?

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    Ian2

    @wkempf:Just clarifying that you can use the new SDK to target 'legacy' windows phones as well as the new Windows Phone 8 devices, all in VS2012. (It was a real pain having to use VS2010 previously)

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    wkempf

    Ahh. So to use VS2012 to target WP7 you have to have Win8. Not a big deal for me, but that's kinda lame. Also no word about 7.8 for either consumers or developers. That's kinda lame to. I still want to know if this SDK improves on the portable library support, but I can check that out myself when I've got my Win8 machine handy. Tongue Out

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    spivonious

    @wkempf: It kind of makes sense, as they expect you to develop Windows 8 apps and port them to the phone pretty easily. Didn't they say that Disney ported their game in a day?

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    JoshRoss

    Oh great, it requires x64. My Windows Mobile 6.5 app needs the emulator, which in turn needs Virtual PC for networking, which in turn requires x86 Windows. So, I installed Windows 8 x86.

    I might just re-install Windows 8, but this time go x64. Anyone done this type of upgrade?

    -Josh

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    JoshRoss

    HTML-based phone apps aren't a supported app model in Windows Phone 8

    What the cuss?

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    dahat

    , JoshRoss wrote

    Oh great, it requires x64. My Windows Mobile 6.5 app needs the emulator, which in turn needs Virtual PC for networking, which in turn requires x86 Windows. So, I installed Windows 8 x86.

    I might just re-install Windows 8, but this time go x64. Anyone done this type of upgrade?

    -Josh

    Another option is to use boot to VHD so that you have specific dev environments that run on your bare metal and can switch as needed with ease.

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    JoshRoss

    @dahat: That's a really good idea! It kind of makes my brain hurt, there are a lot of senerios that that enables.

    -Josh

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    Proton2

    Someone at Microsoft needs to update this page:

     

    https://dev.windowsphone.com/en-us/featured/windows-phone-8-sdk

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    wkempf

    , spivonious wrote

    @wkempf: It kind of makes sense, as they expect you to develop Windows 8 apps and port them to the phone pretty easily. Didn't they say that Disney ported their game in a day?

    For WP8 it sort of makes sense, even though it's still a bit irritating. For WP7, sorry, no, it doesn't make sense. Porting Win8 apps to WP7 isn't as straight forward, and I'm willing to bet there's far fewer people who will do that. WP8 is the new shiny, but WP7 isn't dead yet, and if nothing else we'll have to maintain those apps for a while now. Forcing devs onto Win8 for that is lame.

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