Category Archives: Windows Phone

Issues Installing Windows Phone IsoStoreSpy on Windows 8

Windows Phone IsoStoreSpy is a great utility for interrogating the Windows Phone Iso Store when developing applications.  It usually if you want to check to see if files are being created correctly, and identifying what is in a file on the phone’s local store.  IsoStoreSpy can pier into both the emulator and physical device.  It also provides some other functionality like being able to create ringtones, but I haven’t used that.

I had a brand new install of Windows 8 with Visual Studio 2012, and not a lot of old components installed.  This was a fresh install, so the most recent versions of most things were already installed.  When I tried to install IsoStoreSpy with the ClickOnce installation, it error’d out indicating that version 3.5 of System.Data.SqlCE needed to be installed in the GAC.  For some reason it wasn’t, although I would’ve assumed that Visual Studio would’ve had that in there (I believe VS actually installs 4.0).

In order to even install the application, you need this component installed.  I did a little search and found that you can install SQL Compact Edition 3.5 SP1 with a standard MSI for both x86 and x64 versions.  You can download those here.

Once I installed that, I was then able to get the ClickOnce installation going and completing successfully.

Windows Phone 8 DevCenter Membership for Just $8!

From the Windows Phone Developer Blog:

“Windows Phone 8 is out, the tools are available, and devices are about to be released—it’s time to get coding. As an added incentive, for the next 8 days individual developers can register for a Dev Center account for just $8 (a 92 percent savings). Please note because this is a very limited time offer. You’ll be charged $99 USD or equivalent in your local currency, and we’ll refund the difference in the next 30 to 45 days. Watch for more details on Dev Center soon.”

So, if you’re interested in getting your apps on the Windows Phone platform, this is a great way to get started.

For more information, check out this blog post.

Mango Goodness Arrives sans Visual Voicemail on AT&T

Today marks the official release of Windows Phone 7.5 “Mango”.  Around lunchtime, the status on the “Where’s My Update?” page for most carriers was switched to “Delivering Update”. 

Although I didn’t receive an OTA notification that an update was available, I got home and plugged my phone in and the Zune software immediately came up with the Update screen.

Since I am in the developer program, my phone, a Samsung Focus, was registered and had the beta build (7712) of Mango installed on it.  Many wondered how this was going to work for developers running the beta code, and whether they would have to use their backups to return to “NoDo” before applying the the update.

The good news was the first update I received was the actual Mango update building the code to the RTM level of 7720.  I then received a second update which cleaned up “beta stuff”.  A third update then arrived which was a “Samsung Update” which I assume provided baseband and hardware firmware updates.  The final update switched the phone configuration to pull updates from the production Microsoft servers instead of those used for the ISV beta updates.

All said and done, the updates took about 15 minutes. 

Mango is a nice step up, and the RC bits of Mango ran very well.  Rarely had any issues.  It’s definitely worth the update if you’re still on original bits or even running “NoDo”.

No visual Voicemail…A disappointment.

It was a stretch for me to switch from iPhone to Windows Mobile, but I fell in love with the calendaring and email functionality, and I’ve been able to find equivalent apps on Mango that I regularly used on my iPhone.  I even went as far as to try a Zune Pass.

With the release of Mango, one of the additional features built into Windows Mobile is visual voicemail.  This became hugely popular with the release of iPhone, that its so strange to be without it.  It appears that visual voicemail isn’t quite enabled for Windows Phone 7 devices on the AT&T network, as confirmed in my conversation with AT&T tech support.  Trevor, an AT&T support representative told me:

“While the Mango update does support the functionality of visual voicemail for this phone, we do not yet have the feature available to support that phone.  I apologize, but I expect it in the near future”

I asked him if we’re talking “a couple of weeks”, or “a couple of months” and he responded with “Unfortunately I don’t have an ETA on when it may become available…Hopefully soon, but we do not yet know.”

I’ll stop short of saying that this ruined the celebration for me, but it’s close.  Having to call voicemail to get messages seems so archaic now, right?  I really hope they get it turned on soon.

If you’re looking for a list of enhancements included in Windows Phone 7.5 “Mango”, you can find those here.