Windows Phone Developer Tools CTP refresh: VS2010 compatible!

Over the weekend the promised VS2010 compatible Windows phone Developer Tools CTP (WPDT CTP) has been released. While the update is primarily intended to enable development using the final release of VS2010, there are a few new things too.

Examples of what’s new and changed include:

  • This release has been tested to work with the final release of Visual Studio 2010.
  • An updated Windows Phone 7 OS image for the Windows Phone Emulator.
  • A few APIs in the frameworks have been added and or changed. See this MSDN page for more details.
  • The documentation has been updated with new and expanded topics. See this MSDN page for more details.
  • Limited support for launchers and choosers provided. In cases where the underlying built-in experience is not present launchers and choosers are still not available (i.e. the email chooser asks you to select a contact, but there are no contacts in the emulator and no way to add one).
  • Pause/Resume events are now supported.
  • If the tools are installed as the admin user, non-admin users are now able to deploy to the emulator.
  • A problem with incremental deployment of projects has been fixed.
  • A problem resulting in the error "Connection failed because of invalid command-line arguments" being displayed during project creation has been fixed.
  • A problem where the Windows Phone node was not appearing in VS 2010 on non-system drives has been fixed.
  • Design time skin refresh issues have been addressed.

Please read the release notes before installing this refresh. More about this release, including tips, can be found on the Windows Phone Developer Blog.

Note: The team is still working on additional releases that will be made available through the launch of Windows Phone 7 in the fall. So keep sending them your feedback!

You can download the Windows Phone Developer Tools CTP Refresh from