Windows App Studio

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Windows App Studio
Developer(s) Microsoft
Operating system OS-independent (Web app)
Platform Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows Phone 8.1
Available in English, German, Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Japanese, Korean, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese
Type Integrated development environment

Windows App Studio, formerly Windows Phone App Studio is a web application provided by Microsoft for Windows app development. It allows users to create apps that can be installed or published to the Windows Store[1][2] , and in addition provides the full source code in the form of a Visual Studio solution. The tool is used to develop Windows Universal Platform applications.[3][4]

It allows newcomers to computer programming to create software applications for the Windows and Windows Phone operating system (OS).[5] It uses a graphical interface, allowing users to create an application that can run on Windows Phone and Windows devices with little experience, and concentrates primarily on apps for websites and content streams.[6] It also allows users to download the source code of the applications for further edits in Visual Studio.[7] Some of its features includes a Logo and Image Wizard, customizable theme templates, and can collect content from sites such as YouTube, Flickr and Facebook.[8][9] The service works only for those with a Microsoft account and is completely free of charge.[10]

On May 27th, 2015 Microsoft added support for Windows 10 applications and included new features such as live tile updatability, Xbox Music Data Sourcing, Bing Maps, and analytics for applications concerning how often an application gets open, crashes, and is used by users who have installed it.[11] In March 2016 Microsoft released the Windows App Studio Installer for Windows 10 and Windows 10 Mobile devices which allows developers to install and test applications developed in the Windows App Studio, and generate and scan QR Codes associated with the download link of their application programmes.[12][13]

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  1. ^ Murph, Darren (6 August 2013). "Windows Phone App Studio makes it easy to build WP8 apps.". Engadget. 
  2. ^ Bisson, Simon (20 August 2013). "How to build a Windows Phone app in less than 10 minutes.". CITEworld. 
  3. ^ Thurrott, Paul (18 December 2014). "Windows App Studio Adds Support for TouchDevelop, Now it's only for universal apps too.". SuperSite for Windows. 
  4. ^ Kee, Edwin (4 April 2014). "Microsoft Windows App Studio Supports Universal Apps.". Übergizmo. 
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  6. ^ Finney, Joseph (17 December 2014). "Windows App Studio begins accepting TouchDevelop code in a recent update.". WinBeta. 
  7. ^ New UI and capabilities for Windows Phone App Studio Beta developers
  8. ^ Jawad, Usama (16 February 2014). "Microsoft updates Windows App Studio with a variety of new features.". Neowin. 
  9. ^ Ricknäs, Mikael (4 April 2014). "Microsoft's easy WYSIWYG App Studio tool now creates universal Windows apps.". PC World. 
  10. ^ Popa, Bogdan (27 February 2015). "Microsoft Updates Windows App Studio with New Themes and Image Wizard. You can now create better Windows Phone apps in a browser.". Softpedia. 
  11. ^ Protalinski, Emil (26 May 2015). "Windows App Studio now lets you build Windows 10 apps.". VentureBeat. 
  12. ^ Hassan, Mehedi (15 March 2016). "Windows App Studio Installer to make App Studio app installations much easier.". MSPowerUser. 
  13. ^ Viswav, Pradeep (16 March 2016). "Windows App Studio Installer Now Available For Download From Windows Store.". MSPowerUser.