Microsoft Delivers Visual Basic Tools for Windows Phone 7 Development

By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2010-09-23 Print this article Print

With this new Community Technology Preview, Visual Basic developers can create Windows Phone 7 apps.

Microsoft has delivered the capability for Visual Basic developers to create Windows Phone 7 applications.

On Sept. 23, Microsoft released the CTP (Community Technology Preview) of Microsoft Visual basic for Windows Phone Developer Tools. This CTP enables Visual Basic developers to create Windows Phone 7 applications with the final version of the Windows Phone Developer Tools.

In a Sept. 23 blog post, S. "Soma" Somasegar, senior vice president of the Microsoft Developer Division, said, "Starting today, you can download Microsoft Visual Basic CTP for Windows Phone Developer Tools. This is a great milestone as it enables our Visual Basic developers to be able to build applications for Windows Phone."

Somasegar said applications built using the CTP run on both the emulator and the phone. "To try the CTP, you'll need the final version of Windows Phone Developer Tools and Visual Studio 2010 Professional or higher. If you don't have Visual Studio 2010 Professional, you can install the free trial of Visual Studio Professional," Somasegar said.

The CTP includes Visual Studio 2010 project templates, item templates, designer support, emulator support, debugging and IntelliSense for Visual Basic. After installing the CTP, Visual Studio 2010 Professional and higher users will find Windows Phone project types for Visual Basic in the New Project Dialog.


Darryl K. Taft covers the development tools and developer-related issues beat from his office in Baltimore. He has more than 10 years of experience in the business and is always looking for the next scoop. Taft is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and was named 'one of the most active middleware reporters in the world' by The Middleware Co. He also has his own card in the 'Who's Who in Enterprise Java' deck.

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