Ultimate List of Free Windows Phone 7 Software & Resources from Microsoft

I’ve received a few emails asking if/when I’d be creating a “Windows Phone 7 Software & Resources” listing — so here’s the Road to Know Where’s “Free Windows Phone 7 Software & Resources from Microsoft.” 
Windows Phone 7 Developer Tools – The same powerful and easy to use Visual Studio integrated developer environment (IDE) handles from design to testing of Windows Phone 7 phone applications.   (NOTE: How to resolve an install Error 1935, How to Install Offline Documentation)
Windows Phone Developer Tools includes:

Design Templates for Windows Phone 7 collection of 28 layered Photoshop template files that can be used to create pixel-perfect application layouts, to help guide UI development, or to pitch an idea.  These additional templates are included to help designers and developers maintain a consistent look and feel across applications for system controls that developers wish to mimic.
Windows Phone 7 Action Pack is a set of tools aimed at making developing for Windows Phone 7 as easy as possible. It will include some useful Extension Methods, Behaviors, Actions, Triggers and several controls.
Windows Phone 7 Application Certification Requirements “Content under development” (Nothing to see here . . . move along, move along.)
Windows Phone 7 Training Kit for Developers gives you a jumpstart into the new Windows Phone world by providing you with a step-by-step explanation of the tools to use and some key concepts for programming Windows Phones.
OData Client Library for Windows Phone 7 is a library for consuming OData feeds on Windows Phone 7 devices. It has many of the same capabilities as the ADO.NET Data Services Client for Silverlight. (More Info: Microsoft Astoria Team Blog)
Unofficial: How to install the Windows Phone Developer Tools on Windows Server 2008
Expression Blend 4 for Windows Phone provides exactly the same streamlined development workflow for Windows Phone that was previously only available for Silverlight and .NET applications, including features such as behaviors, sample data, and the visual state manager. As part of this release, two new project templates are included: one for standard Window Phone applications and one for applications that follow an MVVM pattern. To ensure consistency across development tools, Expression Blend leverages the Windows Phone Emulator installed as part of Windows Phone Developer Tools. (More Info: What’s new in Expression Blend 4 Beta?)
UI Design and Interaction Guide for Windows Phone 7
Expression Blend 4 for Windows Phone 90 second overview video of Expression Blend 4 for Windows Phone.
Application Bar Icons for Windows Phone 7 contains a set of 64 application bar icons that you can use when developing applications for Windows Phone. In addition to the 64 icons in PNG format (32 dark and 32 light), this package also contains vector versions that can be easily imported into Microsoft Expression Blend 4 Beta when using the Microsoft Expression Blend Add-in Preview for Windows Phone.  (More Info: How to Add an Application Bar to Your Application)
General Icons
  • Add
  • Back
  • Base Circle
  • Cancel
  • Check
  • Close
  • Delete
  • Download
  • Upload
  • Edit
  • Favorites
  • Add to Favorites
  • Minus
  • New
  • Next
  • Overflow Dots
  • Question Mark
  • Refresh
  • Save
  • Share
Media Icons
  • Stop
  • Sync
  • Fast Forward
  • Play
  • Pause
  • Rewind
Phone Featurel Icons
  • Camera
  • Email
  • Search
  • Settings
  • Video
  • Folder
3D Calc is a simple calculator application to demo the 3D animations capabilities of WP7 and show the developers how easy it is to bring applications to life.
Accelerometer Sample shows how to use the accelerometer to determine the orientation and motion of the phone.  (More info: How do I use the Accelerometer in the Windows Phone Emulator?)
AnimateOrientationChanges – Easily animate orientation changes for any Windows Phone application with this handy source code. (From MSDN)
Application Bar Sample shows how to create an Application Bar for your Windows Phone application. This system control allows you to easily add menu functionality to your application that matches the look and feel of the device. This sample also allows you to adjust the visibility and opacity of the Application Bar so that you can see how the content of a page adapts to the menu.
BizSpark Camp Sample Code project demonstrates best practices when developing Windows Phone 7 appliactions with Azure.
Data Visualization – sample application
FartSeven – Microsoft’s new mobile phone platform joins the ranks of other popular mobile devices by having its own Fart App.
Gestures – Pan, Flick, Pinch and Stretch
Hands-On Lab: Building a Newsreader Application using Silverlight for Windows Phone 7 – Guided by the lab manual, you will be creating a consumer application that aggregates news feeds and images, receives push-notifications for weather information and displays all in a panorama-style user interface as can be seen in the new Windows Phone 7 hubs.
How to create High Performance Silverlight Applications for Windows Phone includes a document and samples that illustrate tools, tips, and examples that you can use to make a Silverlight for Windows Phone application run faster and be more responsive.
How to Embed a Font in a Windows Phone 7 Application
How to use TiltContentControl for Windows Phone 7
Image Slider “animated” Control ported to Windows Phone 7.
Location Service Sample is a simple application that receives data from the Windows Phone Location Service and displays the geographic coordinates of the device.
Mini-Browser Sample shows how to use the WebBrowser control in your Windows Phone application. The sample takes a URL from the user and navigates to the given page. The sample also automatically adjusts to portrait and landscape modes.
Multi-Touch Simulator: Step by Step Tutorial
Orientation & Rotation on Windows Phone 7
Prism for Windows Phone 7 is a Codeplex project containing a port (and sample project) of the Prism: patterns & practices Composite Application Guidance for WPF and Silverlight for Windows Phone 7.
Resolution & Scaling on Windows Phone 7
RSS Reader – CodePlex project to show people it’s easy to build application for windows phones.
Silverlight 4: How to integrate Microsoft Translator Service into Silverlight and Windows Phone 7
StackOverflow.Net a C# library for the StackOverflow API (currently in beta)
Tip Calculator sample application with landscape layout.
T-shirt Cannon fired remotely from Windows Phone 7
Vuvuzela App for Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 (More Info: MSDN)
Where Am I? GPS App & Source Code for Windows Phone 7.
Windows Phone 7 Database project implements a Isolated Storage (IsolatedStorage) based database for Windows Phone 7.  The database consists of table object, each one supporting any number of columns. Use this as persistance engine for WIndows Phone 7 Silverlight (and XNA) applications.
WP7PushTweets – Push Tweets to a Windows Phone 7 Device via Push Notifications. (Thanks Anand)
Audio Recorder application can record & save audio using the phone’s microphone.
DeepZoomContainer is a package of classes that expands DeepZoom functionality. DeepZoom enables powerful functions to build large-scale image-based projects such as GIS application, games, and more.
DoodlePad – A fun, free, sketching application for Windows Phone 7
Foursquare for Windows Phone 7 – This is an alpha release, even though everything works, but mostly because they need to clean up the code to follow standard patterns and best practices for Silverlight and Windows Phone 7.
New York Times (Open API) Silverlight Kit when added kit to a Silverlight project in Visual Studio or Expression Blend, you can easily access New York Times APIs for Articles, Best Sellers (books), the US Congress, Movie Reviews, Community Comments, Times Tags, etc. (Online API Demo)
Panorama Control is a sample implementation of a Silverlight control that allows to create “Hub” applications on Windows Phone 7.
Pillbox is an open-source CodePlex Windows Phone 7 application that helps you track medications for your family and friends. It’s designed to interface with Microsoft HealthVault.
SharePhone – Windows Phone 7 library for connecting to SharePoint 2007/2010. Lets you work with SPWeb, SPList, reading/writing strong typed list items, user profiles, etc.
Shuffleboard Game written in Silverlight for Windows Phone 7. This sample demonstrates physics, procedural animation, perspective transforms, and sound.
Tally Marks is a counting application. It can count almost anything you’d like to count, and it does it with tally marks! Count the number of people at your party, the number of steps from your hotel room to the conference meeting room, or anything else that needs counting.
Twitter Application for Windows Phone 7 Built using Silverlight.
Changing our Game – an Introduction to Windows Phone 7 – Major changes are coming to Windows Phone! This session goes in-depth on the design and features of Windows Phone and gives a comprehensive picture of what’s coming in this exciting new release.
Authoring for Windows Phone, Silverlight 4 and WPF 4 with Expression Blend – Explore how Expression Blend lets you design and build rich, vibrant Windows Phone, Silverlight 4 and WPF 4 applications. Take advantage of a host of new platform and tools capabilities to produce better user experiences, with less code.
Overview of the Windows Phone 7 Application Platform – The new Windows Phone is coming! Get a high-level overview of the new application platform and a complete picture of the developer story. Learn about the developer tools, the application frameworks, the support for Silverlight, and the support for XNA.
Windows Phone UI and Design Language – Windows Phone constitutes a dramatic new user experience paradigm. This session will provide prescriptive guidance, tips, and techniques on how designers & developers can build beautiful, compelling user experiences that are consistent with the built-in Windows Phone 7 experiences.
Building Windows Phone Applications with Silverlight – these two sessions give an overview of the functionality for Silverlight applications that is unique to the Windows Phone application platform.
    • Part 1 – covers new input paradigms including multi-touch, software keyboard, accelerometer and microphone, as well as the APIs to leverage phone applications like email, phone dialer, contact list and more.
    • Part 2 – covers the new application model, updated control templates, themes, and services available to applications, including new Windows Phone web services.
Windows Phone Application Platform Architecture – Windows Phone 7 represents a significant change from the past. The entire stack, starting with the operating system, user experience, and the application platform have been engineered to build a new class of phone that users will just love. This session will go under the covers and describe how to think about applications and games from the perspective of user experience, security, packaging, cloud services and performance. Details on the new application model, device capabilities, location, sensors, and other platform capabilities will be covered.
Development and Debugging Tools for Building XNA Games for Windows Phone – This session covers tools available to the developer for building XNA games including debugging, emulation, and performance. Special emphasis is placed on best practices for managed code performance and .NET profiling tools you can use to optimize your games for windows phone.
Distributing and Monetizing Windows Phone Applications and Games – Windows Phone Marketplace will revolutionize distribution of Windows Phone applications, games, and content, and is designed to solve the two largest problems of the Windows Phone consumer-focused developer community: distribution and monetization. This session will provide application developers with the insights, tools, and processes necessary to begin distributing and monetizing their applications on the Windows Phone platform.
Building Windows Phone Games – With the release of Windows Phone, game developers will be able to create amazing content rapidly through the power of Silverlight and the XNA framework. This talk will outline the basic application model of Windows Phone, enumerate Windows Phone core device characteristics, and walk through highlights of Silverlight and XNA Frameworks on the phone.
Building a High Performance 3D Game for Windows Phone – This session will detail how to use XNA to develop 3D games for Windows Phone, with a special eye towards the special characteristics of Windows Phone application platform. Special attention will be placed on optimizing high-performance managed code games for the platform, to help you squeeze out every last drop of performance.
Unit Testing Silverlight and Windows Phone Applications – Learn how to create and maintain Silverlight and Windows Phone applications using the Silverlight Unit Test Framework. See what tools are available to easily validate controls and application interfaces and gain a solid understanding of test principles to deliver great experiences for your clients and customers.
Silverlight Performance on Windows Phone – Learn how to optimize your Silverlight code for Windows Phone. This session will discuss common bottlenecks using the graphics and managed stacks, and will highlight how to optimize startup and reaction time.
Charles Petzolds’s Programming Window Phone 7 Free ebook:
Part I   The Basics
Chapter 1   Hello, Windows Phone 7
Chapter 2   Getting Oriented
Chapter 3   An Introduction to Touch
Chapter 4   Bitmaps, Also Known as Textures
Chapter 5   Sensors and Services
Chapter 6   Issues in Application Architecture
Part II   Silverlight
Chapter 7   XAML Power and Limitations
Chapter 8   Elements and Properties
Part III   XNA
Chapter 20   Principles of Movement
Chapter 21   Textures and Sprites
Chapter 22   Touch and Play
Video: How to build your first phone app/game

Windows Phone Developer Forum – A community of experts and support engineers will be monitoring the forum to answer your development questions
Windows Phone 7 on Twitter: 

How to Copy / Synchronize Contacts from iPhone 4 to Windows Phone 7

Windows Desktop Wallpapers (Zipped):

    • “I Love Windows Phone” (1024×768, 1280×1024, 1920×1200, & 1920×1080)
    • “We Love Windows Phone” (1024×768, 1280×1024, 1920×1200, & 1920×1080)

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6 Responses to Ultimate List of Free Windows Phone 7 Software & Resources from Microsoft

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