The big news in Windows Phone land is the arrival of Tango, which introduces support for devices with just 256MB of RAM. Not easy to get excited about, sure, but it’ll inevitably widen Windows Phone’s reach.
Now Microsoft has introduced Windows Phone SDK 7.1.1, with those lower-specced devices in mind.
A post on the Windows Phone Developer Blog explains that the update is just that – “an update to the existing WPSDK: it doesn’t add much in the way of new features to your WPSDK installation; it updates your existing install to do a few new tricks.”
Other than 256MB support, the Windows Phone SDK 7.1.1 update also introduces compatibility for machines running Windows 8. The patch weighs in at a meaty 300MB, and should take around 15 minutes to install.
Tango will arguably introduce fragmentation to Windows Phone, in the sense that some apps will be incompatible. Microsoft recently detailed a number of other limitations, including the disabling of Bing Local Scout and automatic Skydrive uploading.
The first Windows Phone Tango handset, unveiled at Mobile World Congress, is the Nokia Lumia 610. It's expected to sell for less than £150. Maybe. The Nokia Lumia 710 has been spotted as low as £150 recently (Vodafone PAYG).