What is the difference between .xap for WP7 and WP8?

What is the difference between .xap for WP7 and WP8 generated through Rhodes?

Can we deploy a Rhodes-generated WP7 .xap onto a WP8 device? Will it run?

In fact, how to deploy an .xap onto the device? I've been able to deploy it to the emulator, but I don't see how to deploy to device. On Windows 7, its asking for Zune software

Tried the docs, but there seems to be no info about this there too

Vinod Shankar K
HiBelow commands can be used

Hi

Below commands can be used to deploy an .xap onto the device. Refer to link http://edgedocs.rhomobile.com/guide/nonrhostudio

rake run:wp8:device # Build, install .xap and run on WP8 device

rake run:wp:device # Build, install .xap and run on WP7 device

Regards

Vinod Shankar

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Mark Nongkhlaw
Thanks, Vinod, I just tried

Thanks, Vinod, I just tried rake device:wp:production and it generated the XAP.

Now, I'm using a Windows 7 machine, so obviously, I cannot build for WP8. But I have a WP8 device.

Will rake run:wp:device install the WP7 XAP onto my WP8 device? I don't want to risk bricking my brand new WP8 Phone!

The above is assuming I have a device to which I need to deploy with me. But say, I need to distribute my XAP to others, is Windows Dev Center the only way to do it?

P.S. I mentioned Zune software. This is only when I try to deploy the XAP via the Application Deployment tool in Windows Phone SDK 7.1

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Mark Nongkhlaw
At the top of these forums,

At the top of these forums, you'll see these stages :

Discover, Evaluate, Develop, Promote

Well, I've reached the last stage, which now looks like a wall thru which I cannot pass..

Cmon folks ...

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Mark Nongkhlaw
As an after thought, I think

As an after thought, I think there are missing stages, should be :

Discover, Evaluate, Develop, Test, Deploy, Promote..

Currently, I'm hitting a wall at Deploy

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Vinod Shankar K
Hi,I think you will need

Hi,

I think you will need windows 8 OS only to build for windows phone 8, refer to the link  Rhomobile | Native SDK Setup

Regards

Vinod Shankar

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Mark Nongkhlaw
No, I have only Windows 7, I

No, I have only Windows 7, I'm interested to build and deploy to WP 7, but if WP7 XAP can also be deployed to WP8 device, then its also great.

Rhodes 3.3.2 (not RhoElements)

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Bhakta Ranjan S...
Hi,Can you follow the step

Hi,

Can you follow the step mentioned in below link and try to install it on WP8?

http://www.windowsphone.com/en-US/how-to/wp8/apps/how-do-i-install-apps-from-an-sd-card

Thanks

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Mark Nongkhlaw
Thanks, Bhakta, what I did

Thanks, Bhakta, what I did was to build the XAP and then transfer the same via Bluetooth to my phone. But trying to install it gives me this error message :

There's a problem with this company app.Please contact your company's support person for help.

Is there any additional things I need to do that I missed?

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Mark Nongkhlaw
Whoa! I copied the XAP to my

Whoa! I copied the XAP to my phone SD Card, but it doesn't show up when trying Windows Start button>Store>Apps

Theres no option like Start>Store>SD Card

Never expected that it would be so difficult to install an XAP to device.

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Mark Nongkhlaw
Theres no option like Start

Theres no option like Start>Store>SD Card

Well, well well. Looks like the .xap files still need to come from the Windows Phone Store, and a data connection and an active Microsoft account are still required to successfully install apps.

How about this option : http://pocketnow.com/windows-phone/how-to-sideload-apps-onto-windows-phone-7-video

Will it still work with WP8 ? Anybody ?

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Mark Nongkhlaw
Looks like Zune doesn't

Looks like Zune doesn't detect my device, and the Application Deployment tool asks for Zune.

Further, it looks like Zune won't work with WP8 anymore, we need the Windows Phone Desktop, but unfortunately, the Application Deployment tool doesn't work with  Windows Phone Desktop.

Seems strange to me that we have to upload our XAPs in WIndows Dev Centre just for testing our apps on device.

How do you guys do it? Or is there nobody building for WP these days?

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Konstantin Rybas
We are using application

We are using application deployment tools on Windows 8 to upload xap to device. Also you can use rake run:wp8:device to upload xap file to device for testing. But device should be unlocked.

We didnt test xap files on locked devices before.

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