Microsoft Ships Windows Phone 7 Dev Tools

The smartphone wars continue to rumble. While Android, Apple, Research-in-Motion, Nokia and others hope to get a bigger piece of both the consumer and business markets, software giant Microsoft is gearing up to reenter the fray.

As Apple has already shown, today’s smartphones need a broad range of applications to be successful. DevX reports on the latest efforts by Microsoft to win developer support for its forthcoming line of Windows Phone 7 devices.

With the delivery of early Windows Phone 7 devices to third-party developers this week, Microsoft also began the official beta test of development tools to let them build apps for the company’s upcoming smartphone system.

Developers have been awaiting final versions of programming tools for Windows Phone 7 since Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) CEO Steve Ballmer introduced its new mobile system at the Global World Conference in Barcelona, Spain in February.

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Microsoft Ships Beta of Windows Phone 7 Dev Tools

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