Windows Phone 7 developer tools go beta

Just a quick PSA for the development-minded folks in the audience: following up on the “tech preview” release of the Windows Phone 7 development tools back in March, Microsoft has just pushed things into Beta mode.

So, what does that mean? To most people, not a whole lot. To developers, it means it’s time to start developing WP7 games and apps without having to worry quite as much about things exploding into a fiery mess when the next version of the dev tools roll out. It’s not finished, mind you, but things like Silverlight and XNA are starting to take their final form.

If you’re ready to flex that ol’ Visual Studio muscle, you can find the new dev kit here.