Windows Phone App Studio Beta updated; now allows for Windows 8 app creation

In August, Microsoft launched the first public beta version of Windows Phone App Studio, allowing anyone to create a Windows Phone app via a web browser interface. Today, the company announced that it has revamped the UI for the service along with adding some other new features.

In a blog post, Microsoft said that the improved user interface has "streamlined the workflow" for developers and also has been designed to work better with touchscreens. The emulator now supports dynamic text updates so developers can now see any changes as they are made. Other new features include the ability to convert JPG images to PNG files, full image screen rotation, new templates for creating business-based apps and more.

Perhaps the biggest change is that users can now "generate a full Microsoft Visual Studio project containing both a Windows Phone and a Windows 8 version of your app, to make your app available through the Windows Store on Windows 8 and Windows Phone devices."

Microsoft also said that since its launch, 350,000 developers have accessed Windows Phone App Studio and made 300,000 projects. Of that number, 20,000 Windows Phone apps have been created and published so far in the Windows Phone Store.

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In the future we will be creating apps using natural language and requirements catalogues with very little programming needed.
This is not quite a step forward in achieving that but it does offer a glimpse of what will be.

wingliston said,
Why not? Its a great way to learn building apps.

If you want to build apps, you follow online video tutorials and guides with a real SDK. Not some dumbed down version that does not go a lot further than building fart apps.

Enron said,
I'll make an app with this to prove why it should exist.

Anyone can make a fart app. Make me something of value; and then I'll believe you. I don't think you can do that, though.

Jarrichvdv said,

Anyone can make a fart app. Make me something of value; and then I'll believe you. I don't think you can do that, though.

its on-Enron!!!!

I have zero experience coding and find it fascinating and kick myself why I didn't pay more attention at TAFE studying Computer systems Engineering...

this app is a great start for me and I will have a crack at developing something basic, to get an intro in basic basic coding...

Enron said,
I'll make an app with this to prove why it should exist.

Also I'm not saying this as a clue-less herp derp; I'm actually already years into software development myself; I'm a software consultant

Jarrichvdv said,

Also I'm not saying this as a clue-less herp derp; I'm actually already years into software development myself; I'm a software consultant

Then as a software consultant, you would have familiarity with the history of Visual Basic and how it helped to create a new generation of programmer. Businesses and hobbyists were able to prototype and/or create quick software for internal use or testing.

So you also understand how this BENEFITS the ecosystem of a platform and brings new people into development that would otherwise be alienated.

Also as a 'software consultant' you surely understand that this is a great foundation/testing tool for experienced developers that want to try out design ideas or create a foundation project that is more functional than an entry level SDK project?


One of the reasons Windows is a dominate today is that there were a ton of simple and easy development tools available for it from creating applications in the Word and Excel scripting languages to Visual Basic to Delphi Pascal to even the full Microsoft C++ compiler that was inexpensive and the SDK was free back in the 3.x era.


Sure as old time programmers, we could have made fun of Visual Basic for being slow, a runtime based development language, not 'real programming' and on and on.

However, that would have been really short sighted and missed the point of the product that helped to create the Windows platform dominance by allowing a new lower bar for a new generation of developers...

...Just like this product.


I like this, but the types of apps it creates are rather... dull. Not a single category is usefull to anyone outside a small group of people.

Dot Matrix said,
I like this, but the types of apps it creates are rather... dull. Not a single category is usefull to anyone outside a small group of people.

You can use it to quickly make a base app and then export the VS project and work on making it more advanced locally.