Microsoft Ships Windows Phone SDK Update
Microsoft announced that Windows Phone SDK 7.1.1 update is available for download.Microsoft announced that the Windows Phone SDK 7.1.1 update is now available for download. The Windows 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:
- The 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.)
- The Windows Phone (512MB device) emulator image is updated to use build 8773.
- A second, new emulator device image is included, allowing you to emulate running your app on a 256MB device.
- The 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.
- IntelliSense 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 devices.
- Language 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).