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Debug with Windows Phone without using Zune

Sebastian SchützeSebastian Schütze

In the past the Zune software was needed to deploy your apps to your Windows Phone 7

Writing apps got pretty exiting. Since I am developing my third app for the new Windows Phone 7 I got plenty of errors regarding to the fact that my Zune software was not launched. It is fine that you use Zune to synchronize your media files with Zune but actually it is very annoying if you get an error that Zune ist not launched if you just forgot to set the emulator as the default deployment destination or forgot to lanch Zune itself.

But already since October you can get an update which allows you to use your device and deploy your apps without having Zune even installed.

But the good side effect of this is, that you can now use and test the media APIs such as the Choosers and Launchers which access your media files. Because of the Zune software you couldn’t access it without if your Phone was connected to the computer. So just download the update. And get started.

Btw: The update also comes with:

So have fun using it!

Sebastian is an Azure Nerd with focus on DevOps and VSTS that converted from the big world of SharePoint and O365. He was working with O365 since 2013 and loved it ever since. As his focus shifted in 2017 to more DevOps related topics in the Microsoft Stack. He learned to love the possibilities of automation. Besides writing articles in his blog and German magazines, he is still contributing to the SharePoint Developer Community (and PnP SharePoint) to help to make the ALM part a smoother place to live in.

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