The WPSDK 7.1.1 Update provides a WPSDK patch that enables developers to develop and test for the recently announced Windows Phone 7.5 256 MB devices, as well to run the WPSDK 7.1 on the Windows 8 Consumer Preview release via the following:
- Updated 512 MB OS Emulator Image: An updated build Windows Phone OS 7.1 (Build 8773)
- New 256 MB OS Emulator Image: A new Windows Phone OS 7.1 emulator image (Build 8773) that emulates running on 256 MB devices
- Emulator Choice: Ability to debug or run your WP apps in either the 256 MB or 512 MB emulator
- Windows 8 Support: An updated emulator is included, which can run on Windows 8
- IntelliSense support for adding the new 512 MB requirement to the Windows Phone App Manifest file
News since the CTP release last month:
- ‘Go Live’ license: The update now has a ‘Go Live’ license; developers running WPSDK 7.1.1 are now empowered to publish their Windows Phone apps to the Windows Phone Marketplace
- Full Localization: WPSDK now supports all 10 IDE languages; and the OS image now has Malay and Indonesian
- Windows 8 Support: The updated emulator will now run on Windows 8; note that the OS is still not officially supported by developer support until the final OS release
Windows Phone SDK 7.1.1 Update CTP Download Center page
For additional information on this release, please refer the post on the WP Developer Blog.
From the official release notes:
“Calcium for Windows Phone is a consolidation of the infrastructure code that has been written for the book Windows Phone 7.5 Unleashed, and is already used by a number of published apps.
Some of Calcium for Windows Phone features include:
- A user option’s system that allows you to add a settable option to an options page, with a single line of code.
- A bindable application bar with toggle buttons and menu items, hyperlink button/menu items, which allows you to host multiple application bars in a Pivot.
- Built-in support for localization. Bindable resources allows the user to change the interface language at run-time.
- An IoC container and DI infrastructure, and templates to allow you to hide or show a Purchase link in your app depending on the • Trial state of your app and so forth.
- Templates for Views with ViewModels.
- Attribute based state persistence system.
- Message service that allows you to display messages and ask the user questions from your ViewModel.
- Launchers and Choosers abstraction layer.
- Input Validation system, with styles customized for displaying validation errors.
And much more!
Unlike Calcium for WPF and Silverlight, Calcium for Windows Phone does not depend on Prism and has a smaller footprint, more suitable for the mobile platform.”
Other useful resources:
Fortify your apps with Calcium for Windows Phone!
Are you interested in keeping up to date and discussing topics about Windows 8, WinRT, Windows Store Apps?
Don’t forget to join the new “Windows 8 Experts” Group on Linkedin and start creating awesome applications for this great platform!
Prism provides guidance designed to help you more easily design and build rich, flexible, and easy to maintain Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) desktop applications and Silverlight Rich Internet Applications (RIAs) and Windows Phone 7.1 (“Mango”) applications.
The new version 4.1 released on February 2012 is available for download here.
Read the official announcement by Blaine Wastell: Prism for Silverlight 5 Ships.
A new project has been recently announced in the “Silverlight Experts” group on Linkedin by fellow group-member Laith Alasad:
The XAML Project contains “Free vector design resources for XAML-based technologies such as Silverlight, Metro, WP7, and WPF. Search and download pure XAML graphics for your web, desktop, and/or mobile applications.“
It’s a very useful resource, I’ve already inserted it in my favorites!
Happy XAMLing everyone
Big congrats and kudos to all the Silverlight team: Silverlight 5 RTW is now available for download!
Improved media support
- Low Latency Audio Playback
- Variable Speed Playback
- H/W Decode of H.264 media
- DRM Key Rotation/LiveTV Playback
- Application-Restricted Media
Improved Text support
- Text Tracking & Leading
- Linked Text Containers
- OpenType and Pixel Snapped Text
- Postscript vector printing
- Performance improvements for Block Layout Engine
Building next-generation business applications
- Listbox/ComboBox type-ahead text searching
- Ancestor RelativeSource Binding
- Implicit DataTemplates
- DataContextChanged event
- Added PropertyChanged to the UpdateSourceTrigger enum
- Save File and Open File Dialog
- Databinding Debugging
- Custom Markup Extensions
- Binding on Style Setters
Silverlight 5 performance improvements
- Parser Performance Improvements
- Network Latency Improvements
- H/W accelerated rendering in IE9 windowless mode
- Multicore JIT
- 64-bit browser support
- Improved Graphics stack
Silverlight 5 extends features of the “Trusted Application” model
- Multiple window support
- Full-Trust in-browser
- In-browser HTML support
- Unrestricted File System Access
- P/Invoke support
- Visual Studio Team Test support
As usual go, grab the new bits and Happy Silverlighting!
It’s always a great honor to be recognized and having the possibility to be part of this group of awesome people sharing knowledge and… passion.
I’m looking forward to a new year of amazing technologies: Silverlight, WPF, Windows Phone, WinRT, XAML, Windows 8 – WOW!
As usual, happy Silverlighting all!
To get started an impressive number of video tutorials is available in the official site of the conference: http://www.buildwindows.com/.
Check out also this great post by Michael for downloading all the Build videos in your pc.
Useful resources are available in the SDK: all the XAML Metro style app samples are available following this link.
It’s possible to install Windows 8 side by side with your operating system using a boot from VHD: I’ve followed the instructions described here by Mister Goodcat and all went smoothly.
Also available for download:
For those like me (also) interested in WPF, a list of the new features is available here.
I’m pretty excited about all these news and I’m looking forward to all the great applications that will be built using XAML, Windows 8, Silverlight, WPF and Windows Phone!
Great news today!
Silverlight 5 RC is available for download from the Silverlight.net official site:
This release contains a lot of new features including:
- P/Invoke support for calling native functions
- 64 bit support
- Vector (Postscript) Printing
- Remote Control and Media Command Support
- DataContextChanged event
- In-Browser Trusted Applications
- PivotViewer Control
- Power awareness for media apps
Some useful downloads and links:
- Silverlight 5 RC on-line and off-line documentation on MSDN
- Silverlight 5 RC features
- Silverlight 5 RC Tools for Visual Studio 2010 SP1
- WCF RIA Services for Silverlight 5 RC
- Microsoft Expression Blend Preview for Silverlight 5
- Silverlight 5 RC available for developers by Tim Heuer
- Silverlight 5 Beta–A guide to the new features by Tim Heuer
- Compare SL5 Beta, SL5 RC and SL4 GDR5 by Koen Zwikstra
- Getting started with Silverlight 5 RC by Michael Crump
- Silverlight 5 RC Released – Using PInvoke by Jeremy Likness
- Silverlight 5 RC – Using the Task Parallel Library (TPL) by Jeremy Likness
- Download Silverlight 5 Release Candidate by Kunal Chowdhury
Go, grab the new bits and Happy Silverlighting!