Windows Phone App Studio Beta update brings easier navigation, lean and mean code

In August, the Windows Phone team introduced the Windows Phone App Studio beta – a new, simple tool to help developers kick-start building apps for the Windows Phone platform. The tool received an overwhelming response, with more than 30,000 projects started in the first 48 hours.

On Wednesday, the Windows Phone team released an update to the App Studio, responding to feature requests and suggestions they received from developers, including improved navigation and integration with SkyDrive.

“Look around in App Studio and you’ll see that the menu bar now makes it easier to navigate,” writes Emilio Salvador Prieto, director for Windows Phone. “We enhanced the navigation buttons and made it much easier to edit collections after an app is created.”

In addition, the update introduces dozens of new graphics elements such as icons, backgrounds, and stock images that devs can use to create more polished and visually appealing apps.

Prieto also points out the progress they’ve made enhancing the Visual Studio project template and the code that it generates. “Our goal is clean and lean code that’s easier to read and which speeds up the app creation process,” he said.

Learn more about the App Studio updates on the Windows Phone Developer Blog.

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Deborah Pisano
Microsoft News Center Staff