Windows Phone Developer Tools Update Released

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Hot on the heels of launching Windows Phone devices in many parts of the world, Microsoft has released its first update to Windows Phone Developer tools. The update is not just for stability/performance issues but also comes with new features. Here is the overview of what’s new in this update.

The Windows Phone Developer Tools October 2010 Update includes:

  • Windows Phone Capability Detection Tool – Detects the phone capabilities used by your application. When you submit your application to Windows Phone Marketplace , Microsoft performs a code analysis to detect the phone capabilities required by your application and then replaces the list of capabilities in the application manifest with the result of this detection process. This tool performs the same detection process and allows you to test your application using the same list of phone capabilities generated during the certification process. For more information, see How to: Use the Capability Detection Tool.
  • Windows Phone Connect Tool – Allows you to connect your phone to a PC when Zune® software is not running and debug applications that use media APIs. For more information, see How to: Use the Connect Tool.
  • Updated Bing Maps Silverlight Control – Includes improvements to gesture performance when using Bingâ„¢ Maps Silverlight® Control.

If you are a developer, Do you think Microsoft has missed any other features in the update? Let us know in the comments section. You can grab the update over here.

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