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Windows® Phone 8 Unleashed by Daniel Vaughan

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The Application Deployment Tool

XAP files allow you to circulate your app to developers that have a developer unlocked device. This is done using the Application Deployment tool that is installed along with the Windows Phone SDK. The tool allows you to navigate to select a XAP file and deploy it to a connected phone device (see Figure 2.1).

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FIGURE 2.1 The Application Deployment tool.

If you have not encountered XAP files before, they will certainly become relevant when you want to publish your first app to the Windows Phone Marketplace.

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