If you’re a Windows Phone Developer, by now you might have heard about OR rather, upgraded your phone to Windows Phone 8.1. Microsoft, recently released Windows Phone 8.1 (Codenamed Blue) for Developers. To get these bits on your device, you need to a registered Windows Phone developer and need to install Preview For Developers app on your phone. You can find more information here Once you upgrade the phone, you’ll find lots of resources online to get to know what’s new in Windows Phone 8.1.
Now, as a developer, you’ve the phone to test and build apps for. However, to build applications for this latest version of Windows Phone, you need Visual Studio 2013 Update 2 (currently in RC). You can get these bits from here
As a developer, first, you need to unlock your phone. If you remember, there used to be Phone Registration Tool, which gets installed when you install Windows Phone SDK. Now, this tool is integrated into Visual Studio and you can launch it from Tools menu
When you connect your phone, you can easily developer unlock it to test your applications on it.
Similarly, you can use, App Deployment tool to deploy XAP (or now Appx) to Phone.
New addition to these tools is ‘Windows Phone Power Tools’. And these tools does lot of work for you, right from verifying the app, checking the performance and what not.
Even thought, this release is titled as Windows Phone 8.1, there are so many features that *I* will personally call it Windows Phone 9
To give you idea about what’s new in this platform and how you can develop apps for it, Microsoft is hosting online events. These are all free online events. So, register now and get the benefits from it.