Microsoft has released the accompanying Windows Phone SDK for the Tango update that was recently released. Like the Tango update itself, it doesn’t bring much to the table in terms of features; rather, it packs some minute improvements which will allow developers to create apps for lower-end devices with 256MB of RAM, as well as test performance through the emulator. You will also be able to develop on machines that run Windows 8.
As a quick refresher, it is through these lower-end devices with 256MB of RAM that Microsoft hopes to gain share in emerging markets. They expect those devices to do well in China and the Middle East, which are both markets that Microsoft has only recently entered. To quote the blog post, here’s a full — and short — list of the improvements in the 7.1.1 SDK:
- The Visual Studio IDE is patched to enable selection from a list of emulators, and launching it (note that the WPSDK can only support connecting to one at a time, though)
- The Windows Phone [512 MB device] emulator image is updated to use build 8773
- A second, new emulator device image is included, allowing you to emulate running your app on a 256 MB device
- The Microsoft Advertising SDK is updated to the latest version (previously only available as a separate install), which fixes some issues devs were encountering at runtime
- IntelliSense now supports specifying the 512 MB device requirement in your manifest file, should you choose to opt your app out from running on the new 256 MB devices
- Language support is again consistent both in the IDE (the 7.1.1 Update supports all 10 of the WPSDK 7.1 languages) and in the emulator OS (Malay and Indonesian have been added)