Microsoft To Release Final Windows Phone 7 Developers Tools 16 Sept

Microsoft has announced that it will be releasing the final Windows Phone 7 developer tools on 16 September.

In a blog posting on Monday, the software giant noted that the final date would give the developers enough time to develop new applications for the platform for the coming holiday buying season.

Microsoft has already started issuing developer tools in beta iterations last month, and the company has purportedly served more than 300,000 downloads since then.

Brandon Watson, director of Windows Phone 7, has said that the final release will include the requested Silverlight controls, along with the ability to drop in pivot, panorama, as well as Bing Maps Controls.

Watson wrote: “We're also working on significant changes to our developer portal that reflects feedback from the community. In those changes, you'll see enhancements meant to simplify and streamline the path for developers to get the information they need.”

He added that various companies presently developing applications for the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace. These companies include eBay, the Associated Press, Photobucket, Open Table and Flixster.

Watson stressed that all developers, no matter their size, “will have equal opportunity to capitalise on the first mover advantage” of having their offerings during the launch.