I’m not a huge fan of the gadget blogs, but Gizmodo has a nice how-to article about testing a recent build of Windows Phone 7 by utilizing the recently-released Windows Phone 7 Development Kit and a leaked ROM that provides access to much of the phone OS, including, in this build, the Mobile Office apps. I’ve configured my development machine with this ROM will use this to get some of the writing done, which takes a bit of the stress off, given the ever-shortening schedule and my current lack of access to a physical device.
Anyway, if you’re interested in checking out Windows Phone 7, this is a time consuming but worthwhile way to do so, all from the comfort of your PC.
The Windows Phone 7 developer kit is a suite of software used to create apps for the new OS, which, in hopes of having a healthy catalog of apps available for the platform by the time it launches, Microsoft has released for free. Bundled with the SDK is a device emulator, which lets you run Windows Phone 7 in a windows on your desktop. It’s fun to play with in the stripped-down version Microsoft includes with the development kit, but with a little tweaking, we can unlock a much fuller version of the OS to fiddle around with. So! Here’s what you need:
I recommend the torrent download by the way; use uTorrent or similar.
Here’s a basic shot of the UI. I think I’ll post a little UI walkthrough on the SuperSite a bit later. But I’ve got some writing to do first. :)