Before now, if a person wanted to make an app for Windows 8 or Windows Phone 8, the usual way is to program and create the app with a PC and associated development tools. Today, Microsoft announced that its research division has come up with a way to create apps for both operating systems via just a web browser.
The Microsoft Research blog has officially announced the TouchDevelop Web App, an offshoot of its previously released TouchDevelop App for Windows Phone. The blog states, "Ever since we released TouchDevelop, we’ve been eyeing the tablet form factor and working on a version for the browser. Now, with the release of TouchDevelop Web App, the wait is over."
You will have to sign in via your Windows Live, Facebook, or Google account to access the TouchDevelop Web App page. Once that's done, you can begin your great app development career by watching some tutorial videos on how to use the available tools on the site to make Windows Phone 8 or Windows 8 apps. While the web app has been programmed for use by touch screens on tablets and smartphones, PC users can also use it with a keyboard and mouse.
As you can see, it has a "Modern" UI design that should get aspiring developers in the mood to make apps for Microsoft's newest operating systems. There's also a forum where people can discuss their creations, along with a way to see what other TouchDevelop Web App creators have already made with the web tools.
Source: Microsoft Research | Image via Microsoft