Visual Basic for the Windows Phone Developer Tools RTW

That was quick: Microsoft has just finalized its Visual Basic add-on for the Windows Phone developer tools, allowing programmers to utilize their favorite programming language when creating new apps.

Back in September, we released the CTP of Visual Basic for the Windows Phone Developer Tools. Today we’re pleased to announce the immediate availability of the RTW version of the Visual Basic add-on. You can immediately download VB support for the Windows Phone developer tools.

The big news is that you can now build and release Silverlight applications and games for Windows Phone built in Visual Basic to the Windows Phone Marketplace.

In addition, we’ve spent time beefing up our VB for WP sample code. Check out new VB versions of our released samples on MSDN.

We’re extremely excited to officially add support for Visual Basic to Windows Phone, and we can’t wait to see all of the new apps and games you’ll create with it.

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10 Responses to Visual Basic for the Windows Phone Developer Tools RTW

  1. dorianmuthig says:

    Great, I’d like C/C++ support, can we get that, too? :)

  2. gpsarakis says:

    This came very quick, I’m sure lots of people are impressed and also happy about it.

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  4. gogman says:

    This is good news! While I am not a VB developer, I can see how this really opens up the phone to your hobbyist and average in-house corporate developer.

    Speaking of corporate development, I do have to wonder how MS plans on handling that issue. The old WinMo phones were very simple to load software onto – plug-in to Active Sync, install your CAB file and you’re done – but with the registration requirements for developers on WP7, those days seems long gone. I just don’t see a company publishing their in-house apps via the WP7 Marketplace or for that matter, setting up an in-house WP7 Marketplace server. Also, the fact that you can only have nine phones unlocked per Live account for deploying apps via VS2010 puts the brakes on using that route. Besides, who wants to physically bring their phone into IT just to get an app deployed on it?

    I obtained my Focus November 8th and did some testing using a buddy’s corporate WAN with it right away. It handles Exchange perfectly and with Sharepoint seems to work just as flawlessly. We both think this phone would make a very good workplace phone – far better than the iPhone or Android. The only question mark is the deployment of apps to the minions. Also, it would be a boon for someone like me who is an ISV to be a “go to guy” for higher end WP7 corporate apps. Any news or ideas on how MS plans on addressing this?

    As for me, I am in love with this OS and want nothing more than to see it succeed. Yes, I do have a vested finacial interest in it succeeding, but having been an MS focused developer for the better part of a couple of decades, I honestly have to say that this is one of – if not THE finest – consumer products MS has ever put out. It truly is a work of art from both a user experience and development point of view – minor warts and all. It really is amazing that this a v.1 product. It is just such a paradigm shift in usability and UI design as well as being so polished and well thought out that it completely blows me away. It seems that after all these years the tech press can finally bury the old joke that it takes MS three tries to get something right.

    As for the majority of the tech media, keep hammering back at them. I am really so sick of the FUD that some “journalists”are throwing around regarding this platform. From some of the press WP7 has gotten – I’m looking at you Galen Gruman – you’d think WP7 was a complete mess and next to useless. Literally everyone I have shown this phone to has had a large smile on thier face within seconds and been seriously blown away. Moments of delight indeed. I know of three people who will be getting one when they are up for renewal next month. Even my wife, who is (was?) a smartphone hater, has abandoned her Blackberry – outside of her upgrade cycle – and is now using a Focus. She seriously loves it – a lot.

    On a side note, my favorite new WP7 feature? Lick to unlock. ;)

    Take care Paul and keep up the good work.

    Warmest regards,


  5. marlonhollis says:

    Woohoo premature. Don’t have money for Visual Studio Professional, which is currently a requirement. Oh well.

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  8. roberthleeii says:

    with the visual basic support for wp7 allow us to use some of the visual basic libraries in our c# applications like you can on windows applications?

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