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Microsoft Releases Development Kit For Windows Phone 7.8

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Windows Phone 7.8 for consumers set to launch this month.

Ahead of the consumer launch of the upgraded mobile operating system, Microsoft has released the development kit for Windows Phone 7.8.

It's now available as an optional update that adds two new Windows Phone 7.8 emulator images to a user's existing SDK installation. "These two emulator images should enable you to fully test how your Windows Phone 7.5 app’s Live Tiles will look and behave when they are run on a device running Windows Phone 7.8. New phones with Windows Phone 7.8 are beginning to ship, so it’s a great time to update your apps to take advantage of the new Live Tile experience and to reach the new markets that Windows Phone 7.8 makes available."

"After you install the Windows Phone SDK update and fire up your app in one of the new Windows Phone 7.8 emulators, you’ll immediately be greeted by the familiar minimalistic UI experience (all you have is Internet Explorer on the start screen) and Windows Phone 7 device skin. And after pinning your app to the start screen, you’ll also notice that 7.8 now provides the option to make your app’s tile smaller. By default, the OS simply shows a smaller version of your standard app tile. To customize the appearance of your small tile, you’ll need to do some additional work."

Microsoft has yet to officially confirm when the Windows Phone 7.8 operating system will be made available to those with existing Windows Phones, but several carriers have mentioned a January 31 launch. The 7.8 operating system is already shipping on new Windows Phones.

As explained by Microsoft above, Windows Phone 7.8 will introduce the resizable tiles deriving from Windows Phone 8. A "new Start screen" will also be included, in addition to Xbox Music and SmartGlass.

 

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    virtualban , January 24, 2013 5:53 AM
    Windows 8, you had one job: unify mobile and desktop space.
    Failed in both. Metro sucks for desktop, and windows mobile of different versions + windows RT, fragmented and not much appealing.
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    abbadon_34 , January 24, 2013 6:41 AM
    If Carmack can apologize for Rage, it's time for Harikari at MS.
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    memadmax , January 24, 2013 6:59 AM
    "Metro sucks for desktop"
    I don't think that's the problem.
    I think it's being ***forced*** to use metro and having to deal with its mobile shortcoming on a desktop(without having to "fix it" your self, I know..) is the problem.

    I would be happy to use Win8 if I can turn on/off metro on the fly while the desktop still looks and behaves like regular windows UI...

    A radical desktop UI change needs to be EASED in... not FORCED in without any vaseline...

    Yea, I know about the Win7 desktop UI on Win8 utilities, but lets be frank: Most people simply don't know that much about computers and don't have the time/ability to modify them like we know how to, and they shouldn't be expected or forced to either...
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    JackFrost860 , January 24, 2013 7:32 AM
    What the hell is 7.8; the current phone is WP8 ... or is it?
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    belardo , January 24, 2013 8:06 AM
    Memmadmax: not so much as just being forced (Even Win7 includes a Win2000 skin) - but BAD design of metro and the complete cluster-F of a mess to use it.

    I thought that 7.8 was an upgrade only... who would BUILD a new 7.8 phone when WP7 is a dead market? at&t sells the Nokia 820 for $50 on contract... and its better than any WP7 device on the market.
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    mariusmotea , January 24, 2013 4:30 PM
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    belardoMemmadmax: not so much as just being forced (Even Win7 includes a Win2000 skin) - but BAD design of metro and the complete cluster-F of a mess to use it.I thought that 7.8 was an upgrade only... who would BUILD a new 7.8 phone when WP7 is a dead market? at&t sells the Nokia 820 for $50 on contract... and its better than any WP7 device on the market.

    n UK you can buy Nokia's Lumia 510, but of corse is like buying a phone with Froyo.
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    lpedraja2002 , January 24, 2013 8:50 PM
    Good for me since I still have 5 months left on my WP7 contract. But I went to a windows store and used a WP8 extensively and they did not fix the main problems I had with the phone in the first place. You can't zoom while in calendar mode and you can only send pictures in e-mail attachments, no documents or word files or anything. If they didn't take care of that which were one of the main user suggestions on that crappy website they made for the community suggestions then I can safely assume other small fixes weren't applied either. My next phone will be an Android phone with an HDMI port, though I'm not too crazy about Android's unoptimized GUI (this is coming from a week of using a Galaxy Note 2 with the 4.1 "project butter" update) but I guess it will serve my purpose nicely.
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    alextheblue , January 27, 2013 12:53 AM
    belardoMemmadmax: not so much as just being forced (Even Win7 includes a Win2000 skin) - but BAD design of metro and the complete cluster-F of a mess to use it.I thought that 7.8 was an upgrade only... who would BUILD a new 7.8 phone when WP7 is a dead market? at&t sells the Nokia 820 for $50 on contract... and its better than any WP7 device on the market.
    There are many places that do not offer subsidized phones. Some of these places have much lower incomes, and you can't expect them to plunk down the equivalent of hundreds of dollars. So the only smartphone they might be able to afford is going to be very low-spec. It just so happens that WP7.x is very fast and efficient, and actually runs pretty damn well on them on them even though these ultra-budget devices are often equipped with 800Mhz single-core CPUs. There's no way in hell a heavier OS like Android or even WP8 (which is still very fast but more demanding than 7.8) would provide the same experience.

    Anyway, it doesn't really fragment things like people think it does. If you make a WP7 app, it will probably run out of the box on WP8. But regardless, their dev tools make it easy to build apps that run across multiple platforms - WP7, WP8, WinRT, Win8. One of Microsoft's strong points is their developer support and tools.
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