Build Windows Phone 7 Apps Using Visual Basic

The developers were just getting started to work on with the final release of the Windows Phone Developer Tools which was release almost a week ago. And guess what !? Now all those Visual Basic Developers can try their hands on the latest mobile platform to build apps for Windows Phone 7 using the Visual Basic CTP for Windows Phone Developer Tools.

Yesterday Microsoft announced the availability of the Visual Basic CTP for Windows Phone Developer Tools.

“We’re not formally announcing the schedule for when Visual Basic will be fully supported. We’re giving VB developers early access to the Windows Phone 7 platform so that they can start thinking about what amazing apps they want to build.”

The download consists of templates, designer support, emulator (and Phone!) support and IntelliSense for Visual Basic. For  now even though one cannot expect to make their applications commercially ready for the marketplace since it’s not the final release but  you at least have something to start off  and play with.

Here are some restrictions:

  • As stated above you shouldn’t expect anything to be commercially ready.
  • Cannot build XNA Games ,only Silverlight apps allowed.
  • You should have at least a Visual Studio 2010 Professional license .
  • And you should not release the applications built using this release.

Download the Visual Basic CPT for Windows Phone Developer Tools Here.

This CTP enables Visual Basic developers to create Windows Phone 7 applications with the final version of the Windows Phone Developer Tools.

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