updated 01:55 pm EDT, Thu September 16, 2010
Windows Phone 7 tools done, Netflix, Seesmic shown
Microsoft today said it had finished the official Windows Phone 7 development toolkit and showed apps due to reach the platform from Netflix, Seesmic, Twitter and others. The update is minor but will be needed to submit apps to the official version of the Windows Phone Marketplace. The largest change is the addition of a Bing Maps hook to work the service into their own apps.
The Silverlight kit for Windows Phone 7 is also launching at the same time to add touch-native controls to the plugin.
The app demos show a relative level of polish and consistency. Flixter, OpenTable, Seesmic, Travelocity and Twitter all use the same basic Panorama to leap through different categories and the familiar bottom drawer with contextual buttons and options. Both the Seesmic and Twitter apps are more advanced than their Zune HD counterpart and follow trends or (for Seesmic) integrate with Facebook. Many of the features are the same as in their Android or iOS equivalents, however.
Windows Phone 7 itself should reach the US in November and Europe a month earlier. [note: Silverlight needed for first video]