Microsoft announces Windows Phone App Studio to encourage development
Windows Phone continues to grow, and as it does, we’re seeing more and more apps arrive for the platform. It’s still got a long way to go, and we continue to hear about efforts to attract the interest of big-name devs. Today we learn of a new project to help encourage app development in a different segment, with the launch of Microsoft’s online Windows Phone App Studio.
The free service lets users create basic apps by combining templates with various data sources and media – you may not make the next Angry Birds, but Microsoft’s tools should still help you put together a little bespoke app to call your own.
Once you make an app, you can load it onto your own phone, or if you think it’s really something special, you can register as a dev and start distributing it though the Windows Phone Store.
For more accomplished devs, this tool can be used to quickly test out an idea, and it generates source code that can later be used to adapt App Studio creations into more full-fledged software.
In all, it sounds like a pretty nice effort, though we’ll have to play around with it a little to get a better sense of just what could be possible with this tool.