Windows Phone App Studio has over 50,000 active projects, adds new features

App Studio

Nearly two weeks ago Microsoft released App Studio for Windows Phone enthusiasts and potential developers. The web tool allows users to create fairly basic apps for Windows Phone without much prior development knowledge. Today the team announced that App Studio has over 50,000 active projects alongside new features. Let’s check them out.

In the first 48 hours that App Studio was live the team saw over 30,000 projects created. That number may have slowed down since, but the team hasn’t stopped improving the service.

The team behind App Studio pushed the message that the service will be essentially built by you as you provide feedback to them. They’ve been listening to feedback and have started to implement some of the ideas from the community. Here’s what’s new with App Studio.

  • New connections to additional external data sources
  • Improved code legibility
  • New templates
  • Flickr as data source
  • Fundamental changes to App Studio to improve performance and scalability of the system

While App Studio might not appeal to legitimate developers who are already masters of the Windows Phone platform, it could be a first step for many others looking to start down the road of developing. App Studio is free and also lowers the wall for anyone wanting to sideload apps to their device.

You’ll want to head to App Studio to learn more. http://apps.windowsstore.com/default.htm

Source: Windows Phone Developer Blog



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purevibz says:

started mine but not done yet...my own english league app.

Sam Sabri says:

Awesome. Good luck!

rodneyej says:

Ok, make like 200,000 more.. Thanks❕

wookie301 says:

Need a Football Manager game

ZuNuKoo says:

I'm trying to get this, it says I need an invite code. How do I get one. I emailed, still haven't received one. I signed up to be a developer because it was $20.

Sam Sabri says:

Weird. I just emailed them ten mins before this post and got it it a few minutes later. I'm not sure if it's one person or an automated system to get the code. Try again? 

ZuNuKoo says:

I got it. My email didn't update. Thanks for the reply.

francesco87 says:

i waited one week for my invitation code

rodneyej says:

So could we count this as 50,000 more apps in the marketplace if they were all published?

Sam Sabri says:

Nope. The apps created here don't add to MIcrosoft's official count of Windows Phone apps. They will if you get a dev account and submit them to the Store though. 

rodneyej says:

Right, right... Well, I hope most of these people are planning on submitting their apps...

joe_easton says:

I've started a few but not close to finishing any of them. Its really nice but takes a while to get used to the navigation. Good job MS!!!

89caps says:

I'm glad they are continuing to improve on this service and quickly. As a beginner with no experience, I have already started a project. It is a little hard to navigate and could use a lot more features like location tracking and ability to drag/drop, resize.

narv says:

I know it just came out, and it's beta. But i hope that there are more features coming. I haven't tried it but from youtubing it a bit and watching others do it, i feel like it's RSS feeds and static pages / links.  Great for a company website or a blog's website, but nothing more (though i may be wrong).  I am hoping they add more! Which it seems from this post, that is something they would like to do.  I feel with some more features and as easy as it appears to be, we'll get some really nice apps that wont take people very long to do at all!
I would like some input fields.. If i was able to submit a query to a webpage and catch the XML (or JOSN... or hell i can even manage to fake an RSS feed) and then display the output, that alone would put this WAY ahead!!  And it's free!!
Come on microsoft!! you can do it!!

For the most part, you're right. They do have an html5 template, buy I haven't messed with that yet. The biggest problem I have with it is that you can't adjust font sizes, making a lot of text entries get cut off.

I created and published an app. I've sold three copies so far as well. Fairly pleased with myself.

jsnod25 says:

You should link your app lol

JoRdaNeK says:

Although i assume wpcentral, or at least hope they'll create some sort of database with links to all of the apps created here, you should include links as this place can prove highly profitable or useful

tk-093 says:

What is the app?

rider2040 says:

I work for a small sales rep agency. We've been wanting a simple app that would allow us to pull recent sales numbers from our database, but couldn't really justify paying a lot of money for development. It looks like this tool will allow me to create it in my free time. The only thing that is missing is the ability to also use it as a Windows 8 app!

ryraansh says:

So, would the dev license I got from this allow me to install the homebrew apps sometimes featured here?

jsnod25 says:

In theory yes, but its limited to 2

NO! You can install as many as you'd like! The apps gernerated from there are installed through the company account method. I have made one and I'm revamping it at the moment.
[APP][SOURCE]Lumia Apps (Created using Windows Phone App Studio Beta!)

bahamut443 says:

I've built an app for my website: PettyFans.net. It's free if you all want to see the results. I'd love to hear what people think! Its pretty simple, but I'm adding more and more when I can find the time. Expect an update to be posted sometime this week. The app submission/update certification process takes around 5 days or so.

jsnod25 says:

You should post a link to your app

Dk92 says:

I just gave it a look. Good work.

bahamut443 says:

Thanks. Like I said, its very simple at this point. I just hope it gives most people an idea of what to expect using App Studio Beta.

dalydose says:

I have a crew of people and we want to start distributing video content. I've started poking around with this and there's no way to just put in the link or embed code to one specific video, unless I'm missing something. It seems to want you to add an entire channel. I want a "featured video" on my main page and then each other page would ideally have one video or a playlist of videos. Has anybody figured out how to do this or am I wasting my time??

Josh Harman says:

Make a new selection, edit/select youtube data source, select search instead of channel, enter the YouTube video code. You'll see that specific video listed below once it loads.

or publish the videos as an RSS feed and consume that in the app.

Josh Harman says:

That would only place a link to the video, he wants it inside the app.

Josh Harman says:

I've made two apps. One for my favorite CFB team with links, RSS news feeds and YouTube channel feeds (although the YouTube channel feed hasn't updated properly in app). The other is for a vacation rental property, mainly photo and links to website its listed on.
I've exhausted the features of the app at this point so I am glad to hear about additional features... think I'll go see what else I can do right now.

Josh Harman says:

After checking it out, all I see different is the addition of flicker.
Anyone here know how to work with HTML5 as the data source? Other than plain text and website links, I can't anything to work with it. For instance, I would like basically insert HTML code for a web widget (if you will). Anybody?
Edit: It only accepts certain code, basically it just won't do what I want it to. Maybe I'll try moving it over to VS & see what I can do.

jpm0321 says:

will try this out later. keep it coming msft!

JoRdaNeK says:

Hey all! I've just created an official instagram, youtube and snapchat app all in one, me and Rudy did it yesterday (is what id love to be able to say)

jlzimmerman says:

The invites must be done by a person.  I've been waiting 3 hours for my invite code :/

jlzimmerman says:

Finally got mine at 4 am this morning. :)

ScubaDog says:

I created my first app (needs some image tweaking), and it was a bit challenging at first to grasp the navigation and customization menus, but I think I have a fair handle on it now.  It seems like most of these templates essentially let you create an app that mimicks a website.  My wife even asked "So, how is this different than our website?".  I was hard-pressed for an answer.  But what I'd REALLY like to do is create an app for my bank.  THAT'S the kind of template I could really use.

runewake2 says:

Of course the problem with that is Security, even at a very basic level removing code you would still need to understand things like web protocols, encryption etc for an app like that. If you really do want to make something for a bank then I'd suggest native code, not only will you get a better looking app, but you'll get one that works.

ScubaDog says:

So, working with the DataSources area, how do I decide--and use--the Dynamic option as opposed to the Static option?  It would seem so far that this option is only available at the higher level, not in the lower levels where you create each "collection".  I had a collection that I would have liked to have had my netcasts available, but when I go to edit any of the collections they appear to only be simple Title & Description templates.

bilzkh says:

I think the best way to use the App Builder is to actually develop the groundwork of an app, e.g. the basic design, menus, etc -- so that when you take it to Visual Studio you are not starting from zero.

Josh Harman says:

As long as you can code.

runewake2 says:

Isn't this what Expression Blend is for?

hipsterbot says:

Its been a week since I emailed them, still no invite code

runewake2 says:

What this needs is plugin support.

iAdrian23 says:

Someone develop an elohell.net app :D

sip1995 says:

Should I have developer account or I can use it with my Microsoft account that I'm using at my phone?

francesco87 says:

the rss reader function doesn't work!

Josh Harman says:

It does, perhaps you are not using it correctly.
Also, most feeds I have seen are in the best format. ie, either no pictures or no content & only summaries.

mrappbrain says:

Isn't there any windows 8 app studio? Will there ever be one?

rfrapp says:

One thing I think Microsoft needs to do is create a completely unified experience for developers. So you could create one app with different views for different devices. This is what Cononical is doing with the Ubuntu OS. It makes me, an application developer, all tingly inside when I see innovation like what Cononical is doing. Plus they use Qt,which I adore.

The reason I say that Microsoft needs to create a unified experience is because it's not currently. Apps made for Windows 8, Windows Phone 8, and web and desktop all use different assemblies, which is a pain in the butt