If you’re like me, and you’ve been waiting for an update to the Windows Phone 7 developer tools, you’re in luck! They were released yesterday!
My major grip about the first release was that I *had* to install Visual Studio 2010 Express. I have nothing against the express tools, and I think they’re awesome if you’re a hobbyist developer with a low budget. Express does everything the regular versions do, with exceptions. However, I have Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate… why should I have to install Express as well.
The Windows Phone 7 Developer Refresh actually doesn’t fix the need for Express. What it does add is support for the templates inside of Visual Studio 2010, if you have another version installed. The only annoyance you’ll see is that you have Start menu items for both Visual Studio 2010 and Visual Studio 2010 Express.
Everything seems to be working fine from my end, so I suggest you go and get it today!
Link to Windows Phone 7 Developer Refresh