Microsoft: Visual Studio 2010 incompatible with Win Phone dev tools (for now)

Microsoft: Visual Studio 2010 incompatible with Win Phone dev tools (for now)

Summary: If you're using the preview version of the recently announced Windows Phone Developer Tools and are champing at the bit to get the final Visual Studio 2010 bits, you might want to hold off for a few more weeks.

SHARE:

If you're using the preview version of the recently announced Windows Phone Developer Tools and are champing at the bit to get the final Visual Studio 2010 bits, you might want to hold off for a few more weeks.

It turns out the final VS 2010 product is incompatible with the Windows Phone Developer Tools Community Technology Preview (CTP), as Microsoft officials acknowledged in a blog posting on April 12.

From the post from Charlie Kindel, Microsoft Partner Group Program Manager for the Windows Phone Application Platform & Developer Experience:

"If you install the retail (RTM) release of Visual Studio 2010 on the same machine on which you already have the Windows Phone Developer Tools CTP, you will be unable to build your Windows Phone projects.  Further, while the Windows Phone project type will continue to appear in the File/New dialog, you will not be able to build Windows Phone 7 applications."

Kindel said Microsoft is planning to release an updated version of the Windows Phone Developer Tools "within a few weeks." (There's a sign-up page for those who want to be notified once that update is available.)

One way to get around the problem is for testers to continue to use the VS 2010 Release Candidate, instead of the final bits, until Microsoft releases the updated CTP. Kindel also suggested some workarounds for those who want to use the final version of VS 2010, including installing VS 2010 to a Virtual PC image or installing VS 2010 on another machine. He noted that installing the Windows Phone Developer Tools preview to a Virtual PC image is not supported.

Topics: Software, CXO, Enterprise Software, Microsoft, Mobility, Operating Systems, Software Development, Windows

About

Mary Jo has covered the tech industry for 30 years for a variety of publications and Web sites, and is a frequent guest on radio, TV and podcasts, speaking about all things Microsoft-related. She is the author of Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft plans to stay relevant in the post-Gates era (John Wiley & Sons, 2008).

Kick off your day with ZDNet's daily email newsletter. It's the freshest tech news and opinion, served hot. Get it.

Talkback

7 comments
Log in or register to join the discussion
  • deleted

    Deleted. Wrong post.
    --Ram--
    Ram U
  • so micro$oftic!

    M$ products that are incompatible...LOL!
    Linux Geek
    • What part of "Technology Preview" do you not understand?

      Technology preview = not even ready for beta yet.

      Just in case you were not aware.
      cornpie
      • What part does he NOT understand?

        pretty much all of it. :)
        John Zern
    • incompatible with whom or what?

      Incompatible with your beloved Linux? So what is your problem with Microsoft Tech Preview. Anyway you don't know how to use MS products, so why are you disturbed/upset?

      FYKI, it is Windows Phone 7 Development Environment is still in pre-alpha stage, thats why they called it as Tech Preview. If you install it, you would see a standalone VS2010 Express gets installed. Now this VS2010 Express for Windows Phone 7 gets screwed, which is Tech Preview, because of real VS2010 RTM minus Windows Phone 7 development. Either Microsoft will release a patch (they said that they are currently working on it) for the Tech Preview or release an early beta, which would seemlessly gets integrated with VS2010.
      --Ram--
      Ram U
  • Well, I do have problems with the CTP of VS for WP7 anyway.

    I do hold off on using VS for WP7 anyway until Microsoft ships a new updated version of VS for WP7 and went into installing Visual C# 2010 Express instead (and freed up Visual Studio 2008). But then I wonder how I could simulate the experience of Windows Phone 7's look and feel using Silverlight for the PC (that is, without using a Windows Phone 7 emulator).

    <a href="https://connectppe.microsoft.com/VisualStudio/feedback/details/545114/system-uri-invalidoperationexception-and-xamlparseexception-2024-or-2011#details">System.Uri, InvalidOperationException, and XamlParseException (2024 or 2011)</a>

    It's been updated as of two weeks ago and I haven't had a response from Microsoft.
    Grayson Peddie
  • RE: Microsoft: Visual Studio 2010 incompatible with Win Phone dev tools (for now)

    One wonders if Microsoft will ever get it's act together.
    still not nice