Windows App Studio

Microsoft has announced some new features for Windows App Studio Beta. You'll remember that Microsoft released Windows Phone App Studio Beta over a year ago as a way to attract developers to Windows Phone. It consolidated that effort this past April with Windows App Studio Beta, a new tool to allow users to quickly and easily make apps for Windows Phone and Windows. Today we're getting new features like sideloading support on Windows Phone and new languages.

Here's what's new with the latest release of Windows App Studio Beta:

  • Windows Phone 8.1 Sideloading
  • 9 new languages added
  • New Page Layouts
  • Static Collections and Html
  • Data Bind in Design Time
  • PCL Improvements

We're looking forward to testing out the new features in today's release for Windows App Studio Beta. We're sure a lot of you will be excited to try the tool out in your native tongue. Today's release includes support for the following languages: Chinese (simplified and traditional), English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.

Thinking of making an app for Windows 8.1, specifically tablets and PCs? Good, because there are new app layouts in App Studio that allow for multiple columns of data instead of a single pane.

Hit up the source link for a detailed changelog and description for each new feature. In the mean time, go check out Windows App Studio Beta and make an app!

Since launching over 14 months ago, two million users have signed up for Windows App Studio. Of those two million, a little under one million apps have been made with 50,000 of those being published to the Windows and Windows Phone Store.

Source: Microsoft