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UTILITY: Tom XAP Installer allows easy homebrewed Windows Phone 7 Apps installation
Posted by Arne Hess - on Monday, 06.12.10 - 09:54:52 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News - Viewed 12790x
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Following yesterday's news about the first homebrewed Google Maps Mobile client for Windows Phone 7, a smart developer streamlined the process of side-loading aka installing homebrewed .xap files (which are basically a kind of Windows Phone 7's .cab files). While the Tom XAP Installer also requires Microsoft's .Net 4.0 Framework and the Windows Phone 7 SDK (which are both available free of charge from Microsoft), users don't have to use Application Deployment anymore (which is part of the Windows Phone 7 SDK) but can easily double-click an .xap file to get it installed on an unlocked (this workaround is still necessary even if the ChevronWP7 project was canceled) Windows Phone 7 smartphone.

All it needs is to download and install Tom XAP Installer. Double clicking an .xap file opens it automatically and provides some application details like app name , version , author , application size and a description of XAP. From here, the application can be installed either on a connected smartphone or to the Windows Phone 7 SDK emulator.

Tom XAP Installer is now available free of charge from the source bellow (download requires registration).

Cheers ~ Arne

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