Windows Phone 7 Devices

It’s been an interesting handful of weeks.  I’ve been spending a lot of time in the field with our country managers as we get ready for the coming launch of Windows Phone 7.  That’s a post for another day.

I’m here at TechEd, and there’s a lot of talk about Windows Phone 7 devices and when they are going to be made available.  One cool thing that the team is doing is handing out coupons to event attendees redeemable for general availability devices when they start shipping.  We’re only handing out around 50 or so of these coupons, so it’s definitely not a broad distribution.  It’s meant for people who are attending sessions or wearing Windows Phone hats around the show floor.

Developer devices are also on everyone’s lips.  During the Windows Phone session yesterday, Terry Myerson (he runs engineering for Windows Phone 7) stated that we will start putting phones into select developers’ hands next month.  That’s exciting stuff.  Obviously we’re starting with the developers who have invested in the Silverlight and .NET platforms, registered at Windows Phone Marketplace and have begun building apps with the Windows Phones Developer Tools.  Specifics of the programs are TBD, but we are going to want to get phones into large ISV hands, small team hands…you name it.  We’re definitely not going to carpet bomb phones; we want to get maximum leverage for our phone distribution to developers.

Stay tuned, and go download the developer tools.  If you need inspiration about what amazing apps you can build, check out this post from Anand about the Imagine Cup winners.  And if you want to show some gumption and reach out to me directly, have at it.

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  • vangrieg

    You can register on Marketplace as a developer from Russia, you just can't sell your apps in Russia and can't make WP7 applications in Russian, they have to be in English, German, French, Spanish or Italian, according to the Content Policy document.

  • Brandon, I'd like to reach out for a Windows Phone 7 device because I'm in the process of developing a weight loss application that I'd like to hook into the gaming system of the device. Contact me at Thanks a lot!

  • Ivan

    I'd like to reach out for a Windows Phone 7 device because we're in the process of building a social network for business people (+ I'm working on a personal WP7 project) and it would be great to test it out for real. Basically, the registration on the marketplace is just a matter of time.

    Please contact me at Thanks!

  • NeverDecaf

    Brandon – we're a small ISV in NJ and we are developing WP7 apps for the “life maximizer” group & their kids (who play with the phones) which is a demograph we fill. Registered on windowsphone developer site awaiting verification.

    We want to be PRODUCTIVE but cannot fly cross-country to attend a show (that can be watched on the web) or crawl for an email addy contact… all that that is counter productive right now to CREATING GREAT WINDOWS PHONE 7 APPS as it negatively impacts our time & budget.

    That said can you PLEASE put us down to receive info on WP7 developer unit (doesn't need to be free) OR list a MS contact in NYC or North/Central NJ that can possibly assist. Email below, remove spaces & dashes



  • Ram Uppugunduri

    I am working on 5 WP7 applications and I am a registered developer. My applications reached to a point where I could say they would be ready for Microsoft's review in a short period. If i could get hand on the developer phone (I am ready to pay), i would definitely love to test my apps and make them ready for the big launch. You can reach me at VRUppugunduri_at_msnDOTcom, please replace _at_ with @ and DOT with .

  • dmitrybalikhin


  • Darren Blaby


    We are currently developing a business application in silverlight which we are very keen to get working on WP7, but from what I can tell there is no developer story for non-marketplace development for the platform. Is this something that Microsoft are looking at supporting or will it be pure marketplace development that they are sticking to?

  • Okay, here is a suggestion. How about making the *next* Windows Phone Developer Tools release available for Server 2008 R2 with Desktop Experience, in addition to W7 and Vista ? Because in my development environment I also have to run Hyper-V for Sharepoint training and demos which are distributed on .vhd by Microsoft.

  • harry

    Hi, I would like to reach out for a device. I am currently at the stage where all my apps need to be configured on a real device. please contact me for details of my many projects.

  • Brandon

    I’d like to reach out for a Windows Phone 7 device for in Germany. We are in the process of porting our Silverlight games to WP7 and registrated in Marketplace.

    Please contact us at Thanks!

  • Olga


    I'd like to reach out for a Windows Phone 7 device for in Germany. We are in the process of porting our Silverlight games to WP7 and registrated in Marketplace.

    Please contact me at Thanks!

  • Jeff

    If you're still taking requests. Please add us to the list. We'd love to and have been waiting to port our iPhone app, 'SongwriterRadio Lite' to Windows Phone 7.

  • Hchwa

    I am a independ software developer and like to start creating application for Windows Phone 7. Will I have a chance to get a development phone to test my app in?
    If yes, please let me know at Thansk!

  • Ivo Campagnolo

    Hello Brandon. We are from Brazil, a small mobile software company. We developed all of our backend applications with .NET, and we have 2 developers working with Windows Phone 7 applications since it started. Is possible to us turn elegible to get 1 development kit too? Thanks.

    Ivo Campagnolo –

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  • Aepmckenzie

    Hey Brandon, we are a new company from London who are developing an app with help on Sony and Warner Brothers and would like to find out more information about obtaining a test devices to develop for.

    Please email me. Alex –

  • Dermot Dolan

    Hi Brandon, we are medium sized ISV development house from Ireland whom specialise in .Net healthcare solutions. We have a 4-5 .Net commercial apps live, we would like to start writing stuff for Windows Mobile 7 as we already have one of major products coming out in Silverlight 4, hence we can leverage some of our existing skills on Mobile 7. We would be interested in obtaining test device(s) if possible, please email me with further information, thank you

  • Hello Brandon,
    I would like to apply for a WP7.
    We need an actual device for continuing development of some cool applications and for coming ones.
    drews informatik

  • Yunjjh00
  • Today, you need to load the Blend 4 RC, and Windows Phone Preview 2 kit, on your development machine to do Windows Phone 7 and Blend development.

    Hopefully the Windows Phone development team will release some RTM Blend 4 compatible software soon, e.g. prior to the ‘holidays’. LOL

  • I found it possible to run Emulator in WDDM 1.0 under VMware Workstation 7.1.0. No guarantees it will continue to work as WP7 tool kit lists an WDDM 1.1 requirement. I did not test XNA features under WDDM 1.0, but the basic menus seem to be working.

  • I work for a big retail company with thousands of devices running WM6.5 and .NET CF. We need to see how we can scale up our applications to WP7.
    Getting hands on the device at an early stage gives us lot of edge. Running on emulators doesnt give us the real picture.

  • Florin Matinca

    Dear sir,

    I'm also interested to get a device for development, could you send me your email address to share with you what I have in plan to develop ?

    My email is

    Thank you very much.

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  • Hi Brandon Watson! I am a student and working on applications for Windows Phone 7. Please contact me,

  • Brandon,

    I've developed a prototype Windows Phone 7 application for the nonprofit sector.

    The pilot project includes 15 national nonprofit organizations, and provides twitter feeds, go to organization web site, etc.

    The emulator is excellent for testing, but the actual Windows Phone 7 device will be helpful to simulate real-world functionality.

    Best regards,
    Robert Hellestrae

    Miami, Florida

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  • Robert Klenka

    I am a student here in Texas and have been writing WinMo phone application since my first WinMo 2003 phone as a sophomore in high school and would love to continue into WP7 with a development device.

  • Wim Vanbelle

    Hi, I'd like to apply for a WP7 phone, since I cannot test everything i need using an emulator, as we're developing a traffic application, that needs to be on the road with the car to test actual broadcasting of events.

    Our current application is available for android and iphone ( under the name 'Touring Mobilis'), and I have motivated our management to start window phone 7 as well.

    At the moment I'm currently up to speed with MVVM, silverlight, the windows phone 7 api and I'm doing many tests with bing maps. I've already written a library that contains most of my object model to hold all relevant data. Apart from that, I currently have a sketchflow prototype to display the general layout and flow of the application.

    The company I'm developing for is called 'Be-Mobile' and is currently leader in traffic information here in Belgium. We're also expanding to many different EU countries (Netherlands, luxembourg, greece, ..) so it would be very nice to have a real test device before they hit the market.

    Thanks in advance. Please let me know if you need more information.

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  • Rich

    I have written a number of business apps starting with WinCE 4, and then on to Windows Mobile 5 and 6, and would like to start porting to Windows Phone 7. I would also like to know if there is a way to distribute apps within an enterprise without going through the Marketplace.

  • Radhakrishna Sanka

    Hi Brandon,

    I'm working on an home automation system, both as an university project and for Microsol International (they'r Solar Cell Manufacturers – Im currently an systems design intern). It would be great if i could get my hands onto this phone. Since i also have to make the entire electronics design , i though i could use the C# and Silverlight i know to make a prototype application. (Plus if i had to show the company , id need more than a simulator). If you need more info on my project , i'd be glad to tell you.

  • Josh

    Thanks for the info, Brandon. I have multiple successful WM6.5 apps in the marketplace now and am interested in getting my hands on a WP7 developer device ASAP. Should have at least a couple apps ready for launch but having a real device will certainly help!

  • Sherifahmed

    Hi Brandon,

    Was at MIX2010 and was rather intrigued by Windows Phone 7 interface. Definitely bold and quite different in a pleasant way. I am a developer at heart and have been developing prototypes using Silverlight e.g. and have downloaded the Developer SDK, would like to certainly develop prototypes and Location based applications for the Windows Phone 7 and wouldn't mind getting my hands on a device.
    You can see my profile at

  • Ram

    Hi Brandon
    I would like to buy a dev phone for my development work. I am a registered developer on the marketplace and would love to test my devices on the real platform and submit it before the phone released into market.

  • Hi Brandon
    Me, too. I would like to apply for a WP7 phone. I am working on an app which is a must-have app for any mobile gamer. It's software which provides hints, tricks and walkthoughs for literally any game on any platform. I currently can deliver over 200'000 unique cheats, hints etc. for games and would love to present these for WP7 users which its own application.
    You can contact me via Thank you :-]

  • Ian B

    Hi Brandon,

    I was wondering what the requirements are for getting our hands on a WP7 device? We have a successful business application on Windows 6.5 and are looking to port this across to WP7. We have started this work using the tools and emulators available at the moment. But as it involves location parameters we really need a real device to test on.

    You can reach me at

  • Cpick

    I am working on a project we hope to release / unveil on Windows Mobile 7. See for some basic information. I have 3 applications developed on android – a2b, keyring, cow potato, and looking to get my hands on a dev phone (willing to purchase if necessary).

  • Kanderson006

    Hey Brandon,
    Obviously late to the game but my team and I over at MindHead Media were interested in developing an NCAA like tournament app for ranking items such as sports teams, hometown restaurants, country wide dive bars, famous women etc. My team would like to get a single handset to test on if possible.

  • Hi Brandon,

    Getting a real device for development would really be great. I'm currently developing an WP7 application to store passwords, bank accounts, credit cards and such stuff in a secure way (AES256 encrypted storage / nice WP7 interface). I do not have a marketplace account by now, but I'm planning to sign up and try to sell my apps as soon as WP7 is available. The C# development is much nicer than the crappy objective c from A. and I have quite a lot of ideas for apps 🙂

    For the “old” windows mobile I only had a few freeware apps ( or

    Thanks and greetings from Germany,
    Björn []

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  • Vgentry83

    Where is the Mango update?  It has been too long.  What is the problem?  I should have stuck with my 6.5 for all this mess!

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