Microsoft announced that Windows Phone SDK 7.1.1 update is available for download.
announced that the Windows Phone SDK 7.1.1 update is now available for download.
Phone SDK 7.1.1 update was made available on March 26. The tools are the final
version of the Community Technology Preview (CTP) Microsoft released last month,
and they enable Windows Phone developers to build apps that work well on the
new 256MB devices announced at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. The
tools also enable developers to build apps on machines running Windows 8.
In a March 26 blog post, Cliff Simpkins, senior product manager
for the Windows Phone developer experience at Microsoft, said the SDK does not
add much in the way of new features, but updates the existing install to do a
few new tricks. These include the following:
Visual Studio integrated development environment (IDE) is patched to
enable selection from a list of emulators, and launching it. (Note that
the WPSDK can only support connecting to one at a time, though.)
Windows Phone (512MB device) emulator image is updated to use build 8773.
second, new emulator device image is included, allowing you to emulate
running your app on a 256MB device.
Microsoft Advertising SDK is updated to the latest version (previously
only available as a separate install), which fixes some issues
developers were encountering at runtime.
now supports specifying the 512MB device requirement in your manifest
file, should you choose to opt your app out from running on the new 256MB
support is again consistent both in the IDE (the 7.1.1 update supports all
10 of the WPSDK 7.1 languages) and in the emulator OS (Malay and
Indonesian have been added).
other enterprise mobility news, Microsoft and Nokia announced they will each
invest up to 9 million euros in a newly established mobile application
development program at Aalto University during the next three years. The
project, known as the AppCampus program, has been set up to foster the creation
of innovative mobile applications for the Windows Phone ecosystem, and in
addition, Nokia platforms, including Symbian and Series 40, to create a new
generation of self-sustaining mobile startups. The project is part of an effort
to drive innovation and business opportunities in Finlands mobile ecosystem
and beyond, the companies said.
Kicking off in
May 2012, the Finland-based program will be led and managed by Aalto
University, which has a growing reputation as a hotbed of new startup
companies, Nokia officials said. AppCampus is intended to attract thousands of
application proposals from students and entrepreneurs from all over the world.
Aalto University will make a significant contribution to the project by
providing premises, coaching services, and access to both academic and business
networks for budding app developers.
Darryl K. Taft covers the development tools and developer-related issues beat from his office in Baltimore. He has more than 10 years of experience in the business and is always looking for the next scoop. Taft is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and was named 'one of the most active middleware reporters in the world' by The Middleware Co. He also has his own card in the 'Who's Who in Enterprise Java' deck.