Even though the Windows Phone 7 is still some months away from consumption, Microsoft is taking pains to deliver development tools to make applications available. A while back Microsoft released a limited version of the Windows Phone 7 binaries for developers, but shortly afterward someone opened them up to explore their content.
Microsoft has released an updated set of Windows7 phone tools for developers to help them get closer to provide applications on the marketplace. But now there are a few new features to take a look at.
Additional feature is the phone interface. It delivers a visually simple but comprehensive and straight way to make a call. You can work through your contacts or bring up a number directly, If a call is in progress you can then continue to work in other apps, and the call status will be displayed in the top status bar. You can set up three-way calling, or send audio to Bluetooth or to the speakerphone. You can even throw your conversation counterpart on hold.
This new release has been tested to work with the release of Visual Studio 2010. There is an updated Windows Phone 7 OS image for the Windows Phone Emulator. The Pause/Resume events are now supported, and there is limited support for launchers and choosers.
Several problems are fixed that are reported before like:
Design time skin refresh issues have been addressed. If the tools are installed as the admin user, non-admin users are now able to install them to the emulator. Problems with the incremental deployment of projects have been fixed. When the error message appears, “Connection failed because of invalid command-line arguments,” the problem causing it has been fixed. If a Windows Phone node was not appearing in Visual Studio 2010 on non-system drives this problem has been fixed.