Microsoft launches App Studio online tool for building simple Windows Phone apps

Microsoft launches App Studio online tool for building simple Windows Phone apps
There was a time when developing software for any kind of machine was a task requiring lots of time and mad coding skills. Thankfully, these days are gone now and SDKs are relatively easy to get the hang of with a little patience. However, building an app, albeit just a basic one, can be even simpler, requiring no programming skills at all.

Microsoft just launched its App Studio online tool for creating Windows Phone applications with as little effort as possible. Basically, you just pick one of the several templates that are available, such as Restaurant Menu, Official Store, My Favorite Band, or Movie Review, among others. Then you upload your graphics, fill in the names of the categories you want to have, pick the theme color, and that's pretty much it. There's a live preview of the app being displayed as you make changes, which is really neat. 

The downside to this is that you're only limited to a handful of simple tools, meaning that creating complex applications with App Studio is out of the question. Still, the source code can be exported for further modification using a proper software development kit. Head over to the Windows Store web page if you would like to give it a try.



1. Kishin

Posts: 706; Member since: May 30, 2013

Great News!! This way there will probably be 1000 per week maybe.

2. ZettaiRyouiki

Posts: 39; Member since: Aug 05, 2013

This will only lead to the addition of lots of simple but feature-lacking apps in the app store. But, anyway, since quantity is more important than quality to so many people out there, i guess it's fine. Over 80% of the apps in Google Play are utter garbage or duplicates of something else similar.

4. Edmund

Posts: 656; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

MS have some pretty strict hurdles you need to jump before an app is published. Obviously this is a dumbed down object oriented program with no access to the XAML or C# code, but if the others are doing it, then why shouldn't Microsoft ??

3. ianbbaa

Posts: 332; Member since: Mar 20, 2013

I thought that WP might profit from better apps is their store - quality rather than quantity...

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