Microsoft announces availability of Windows Phone Developer Tools Beta

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In another sign that Windows Phone 7 is getting closer to its release, Microsoft today announced the availability of the Windows Phone Developer Tools Beta.

The term “Beta” is understood to mean that things are close to being finished. Well, that’s what we mean anyway. This Beta release represents the near final version of the tools for building applications and games for Windows Phone 7.

Since the initial CTP release of the tools just this March, the Windows Phone Developer Tool CTP has been widely embraced by the community, and they have shown what’s possible on our new development platform.

It’s time to get serious about building the actual apps and games for Windows Phone 7 that consumers will be looking for starting this holiday season.

Microsoft also announced Windows Phone 7 JumpStart, a free virtual live class for developers interested in developing applications and games for Windows Phone 7. Four sessions will be offered over the course of two days (July 20th and 22nd).

Lastly, Microsoft will begin to ship pre-production preview Windows Phone 7 devices to developers next week. Quantities are limited so be sure to move quickly if interested.

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