Microsoft announced on Wednesday a new Windows Phone Mango build for developers.
The software maker is making build 7712 available to developers on Wednesday. The update is available via Zune to those who have already loaded on Mango. Microsoft’s Cliff Simpkins confirmed in a blog post on Wednesday that the company pushed the 7712 build to Microsoft Update servers this morning. “We’ve also pushed an OS update to the Microsoft Update servers this morning, allowing you to refresh retail Windows Phones that devs updated to Mango over the last month,” said Simpkins. Existing Windows Phone Mango beta users will receieve a regular update notification, instructing them to attach the device to Zune to receive the latest build.
“Before you ask (and I know you will, because folks started asking yesterday J), this build is not yesterday’s RTM build – it’s still a pre-release build. For RTM, you’ll need to wait for the official update like everyone else,” added Simpkins. He also explained why developers will not get RTM early:
“For the folks wondering why we’re not providing the ‘RTM’ version, there are two main reasons. First, the phone OS and the tools are two equal parts of the developer toolkit that correspond to one another. When we took this snapshot for the refresh, we took the latest RC drops of the tools and the corresponding OS version. Second, what we are providing is a genuine release candidate build, with enough code checked in and APIs locked down that this OS is close enough to RTM that, as a developer, it’s more than capable to see you through the upcoming RC drop of the tools and app submission. It’s important to remember that until the phone and mobile operator portion of Mango is complete, you’re still using a pre-release on your retail phone – no matter the MS build. Until that time, enjoy developing and cruising around on build 7712 – it’s a sweet ride, to be sure”
Microsoft is also making a beta 2 refresh of its Windows Phone Mango developer tools available. The tools are available as Windows Phone SDK 7.1 “Beta 2 Refresh” from the ‘Mango’ Connect site. Improvements include:
- Application platform APIs are now locked; you can feel confident to start getting ready for submitting your apps next month.
- Emulator now has a nifty screenshot capability built in, allowing you quickly snap quality images of your app without the need of separate tools or cropping time. The images are great for use in app submission process or to share on your blog or with folks such as my team (hint hint).
- The profiler has been greatly improved and provides memory profiling.
- As of this drop, you can install NuGet into the free version of the WPSDK tools. I find NuGet to be one of my favorite productivity boosters and I’m happy to see the extension supported in the free tools.
- The drop includes an initial peek at the Marketplace Test Kit; with the RC release, you’ll be able to use the included version of this toolkit to test your XAP file against the same certification testing tools that we use when ingesting apps for the Marketplace. For this refresh, it’s there but not fully functional; but more on this in a future blog post.