It could be in the early 2012 when you will see smart phone from Nokia containing the power of Windows Phone platform. Microsoft has something special its developers. As always, before the launch of the final version of any platform, Microsoft releases the toolkit for developers, this time it’s for Nokia-Windows Phone. Microsoft has launched its SDK (Software Development Toolkit) for Symbian app developers.
The final version of Windows Phone SDK 7.1 is now available.
Microsoft has said it hopes to make it easier for Nokia Symbian developers to learn Windows Phone. “This helpful package contains the tools and documentation to help you along the path to learning Windows Phone development,” said Jean-Christophe Cimetiere, senior technical evangelist at Microsoft.
There is lot more than you expect in this toolkit for the developers. I will show you what all you will get with this toolkit. Here it is:
1) The Windows Phone Guide for Symbian Qt Application Developers.
This is a guide for Symbian Application developers and is about 100 pages divided into eight chapters. Here is the index of this guide.
- Chapter 1: Introducing Windows Phone Platform
to Symbian^3 Qt Application Developers
- Chapter 2: Windows Phone Application Design Guidelines
- Chapter 3: Windows Phone Developer and Designer Tools
- Chapter 4: C# programming
- Chapter 5: Introducing Windows Phone Application Life Cycle
- Chapter 6: Porting Applications to Windows Phone
- Chapter 7: Windows Phone Example Applications
- Chapter 8: Using the API Mapping Tool
2) The The Windows Phone SDK 7.1.
The Windows Phone SDK includes Expression Blend 4 for Windows Phone, Visual Studio Express for Windows Phone, and the Windows Phone Emulator. Included in the package are:
- Windows Phone SDK 7.1 (RC)
- Windows Phone Emulator (RC)
- Windows Phone SDK 7.1 Assemblies (RC)
- Silverlight 4 SDK and DRT
- Windows Phone SDK 7.1 Extensions for XNA Game Studio 4.0
- Microsoft Expression Blend SDK Preview for Windows Phone 7.1
- WCF Data Services Client for Windows Phone 7.1
- Microsoft Advertising SDK for Windows Phone 7
This final version of the tool is localized in nine languages (English, Japanese, Chinese – Traditional, French, German, Italian, Korean, Russian, Spanish), the API’s are easier to navigate and Windows Phone SDK 7.1 delivers all the APIs you need to create compelling Silverlight and XNA apps, along with the ‘Go Live’ license that enables you to deliver apps to the Windows Marketplace.
Moreover Nokia says:
In addition to the final SDK, there is news about Windows Marketplace, too. There are 19 additional countries where you can distribute and sell your apps (bringing the total to 38). A browser-based version of Windows Marketplace now offers consumers greater discoverability of apps, and along with that more reach and opportunity for you to publish your content. And, the Microsoft Advertising SDK uses Live ID integration and location services to provide you with better ad targeting.
If you are thinking about getting started on building apps for Windows phone, this is something which will definitely interest you.