Title says it all: the final version of the Windows Phone 7 Developer Tools is slated for a September 16th release, giving, we imagine, a good 4-6 weeks before the finalized hardware goes on sale.
Needless to say, for developers and the Microsoft team, this is a huge milestone. Seeing as there have been no delays so far, Microsoft's execution of WP7 seems to be almost unprecedented.
Also worth noting is that the beta developer tools have been downloaded 300,000 times. Not too shabby.
Check out Brandon Watson giving the details on Microsoft's Channel 9.
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Makes me wonder whether the HTC event on September 15 in London is related...
My hunch? *Nope*, it'll be Android focused.
A little sooner would've been nice, but hey, Sept seems to be a busy month for MS, isn't the IE9 beta 1 release also around that day? Or maybe it was the 12th? Either way I think it's in the same week if not the same day. Also, it's been said that MS will open the marketplace for submissions in the first week of Oct.
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