Visual Basic for the Windows Phone Developer Tools released

Only announced in September, Microsoft has kept true to their word and released the Visual Basic programming to for Windows Phone 7, allowing an even larger number of developers to jump in on the platform.

Using these tools, developers can now have multiple means to writing code for WP7 and even more importantly, can start today. One limitation though is developers can only use it for writing Silverlight apps, not XNA, meaning games are out for now.

Kudos to Microsoft though for bringing "the most requested" tools  to developers in 60 days. Hopefully we'll even see more quality apps as we near the 3,000 mark this week.

Source: The Windows Phone Developer Blog

Daniel Rubino

Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been here covering Microsoft since 2007 when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, Microsoft Surface, laptops, next-gen computing, and for some reason, watches. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics and ran the projectors at movie theaters, which has done absolutely nothing for his career.

  • Just as a quick heads up for accuracy's sake, the image you have is Visual Basic for Applications, or VBA, which is not the same as Visual Basic. VBA is the language for the code behind Office products like Word, Excel and Access and is not used to make stand-alone applications like VB and C#, which are part of Visual Studios
  • Curses. Ok, will fix. I knew there would be a programming nerd in the crowd, nothing gets by you folks ;-)