Microsoft launches Windows Phone App Studio - 'Everyone can build an app'

It's the dream of many people to build a mobile app that becomes a huge hit so they can retire off the revenues. However, actually making an app is something that usually requires some experience in coding and design. Today, Microsoft has revealed a way to create a Windows Phone app using a series of templates and with no coding experience needed.

The Windows Phone blog introduces the public beta version of the Windows Phone App Studio. This web-based system, which works best when using Internet Explorer 10, starts with a person signing onto their Microsoft Account and then picking from a series of templates. shown above. Those templates range from creating an online storefront to posting up personal movie reviews.

Once you select the template, you can then add images, videos, RSS and Twitter feeds and more to the app. After that, the system has a selection of colors, Live Tiles, splash screens and lock screens to choose from. 

Microsoft adds that this new web tool is not just for beginners. It states:

More skilled developers ... can use the tool for rapid prototyping, and then export the code and continue working with the project in Visual Studio. Unlike other app creation tools, with Windows Phone App Studio a developer can download the source code for the app to enhance it using Visual Studio.

This is just the first version of Windows Phone App Studio and Microsoft says they will be adding more features, including many suggested by the first users of this system.

Source: Microsoft | Image via Microsoft

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Well guys - it is like with every plattform.. ios android windows linux.. if you install every app you come accross your machine will be full of junk. people install apps on recommendations and reviews.. has been like that for years and will be like that for the next as well.. as long as people compare market size with other plattforms .. microsoft has to keep up...

Great as if the store isn't already littered with junk, now they're opening the floodgates for even more...

Obry said,
Great as if the store isn't already littered with junk, now they're opening the floodgates for even more...

If we're honest, I think 90% of app stores are junk. I'm looking forward to the 10% that's good, if not great.

Do you realize that the same thing can -- in fact SHOULD - be said about the competition? (All the competition - including Android, iOS, RT/ModernUI, even Win32/Win64 and Linux - I am exempting absolutely nobody.)

Everybody and their sister complains about app quality on RT/ModernUI/WP - yet if the complaints are about Android or iOS apps (or even Linux apps - yes - they exist), it's the person doing the complaining - not the app itself - that gets criticized. (Granted, there are few poor iOS apps; however, they are no more immune than Win32 or even OS X UB to being inflicted with craptitude.)

After playing with the tool, it seems more likely we'll see more crappy RSS apps, funnily enough though, if RSS apps are built with this site, they will be better then some of the RSS apps in the marketplace right now.

TBH it just seems like they want more apps on the marketplace, as they seem to be promoting people to make personal apps, such as making an app about peoples recent trips to wherever or apps about movie reviews (not even multiple movies, just a review for ONE movie).

The only thing stopping this from actually happening is the developer price (which is actually on special at the moment).

Ukumio said,
TBH it just seems like they want more apps on the marketplace, as they seem to be promoting people to make personal apps, such as making an app about peoples recent trips to wherever or apps about movie reviews (not even multiple movies, just a review for ONE movie).

The only thing stopping this from actually happening is the developer price (which is actually on special at the moment).

I can't imagine how that how would look like. Maybe Microsoft would then make a separate section or something?