Windows Phone 7 Developer Tools Released
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How to Start Building Windows Phone 7 Apps Now

If you’re a developer who has experience with .NET, Silverlight or XNA, you already have the core skills necessary to start writing a Windows Phone 7 application or game. 

We’ve been working hard to get resources and information out to developers so they can be successful writing applications from day one. Since the Windows Phone 7 application platform is Silverlight-based, most articles or information about writing a great Silverlight application is also relevant to the phone.  The same is true for XNA articles and information for building games.

Below are some Windows Phone 7 specific links to help get you started:

Building a Twitter client for Windows Phone 7 – An introductory tutorial I wrote a few months ago

Jump Start Training – 12 free Windows Phone 7 JumpStart Training Videos on Channel9

Windows Phone Development documentation on MSDN – Windows Phone 7 documentation home

Programming Guide for Windows Phone 7 – Windows Phone 7 Specific Topics

Windows Phone 7 Forum – Windows Phone 7 Help Forum

Silverlight for Windows Phone 7 Forum – Help Forum on using Silverlight for Windows Phone 7

Optimizing Silverlight Applications for Windows Phone 7 – Great whitepaper written by the Silverlight team, with examples, detailing how to make your application perform fast and smooth.

Windows Phone 7 UI Guidelines and Templates – Good whitepaper and UI resources

You can learn more about today’s release from the Windows Phone 7 Blog as well as from this Channel9 video that includes an interview from me.


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