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Corona Labs announces SDK support for Windows Phone 8 and Windows Store Apps

Corona Labs SDK

In the continuing push to lure developers, Microsoft and Corona Labs today have announced a collaboration to bring the Corona SDK, "the leading 2D app development framework", to both Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8.

Corona Labs currently supports iOS, Android, Kindle and NOOK with a single code base, allowing their 300,000 developers to more easily code for various platforms with greater speed. With Windows Phone and Windows 8 backing (aka Windows Store Apps), Microsoft and Corona hope to reach a broader audience for new apps and games.

David Rangel, COO, Corona Labs notes:

“Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8 have proven to be great platforms for developers, and their growing user base presents a growing opportunity…We look forward to working with Microsoft, empowering Corona developers to build apps for Windows devices…”

The SDK has proven to be quite popular as it does not impose branding requirements, nor charge per-app royalty. Instead, Corona SDK is based on a subscription model. It works over C++/OpenGL for graphics. Some noteworthy companies that utilize Corona include EA and NAMCO Bandai.

This isn’t the first time Corona has teamed up with Microsoft. Back in 2011, the released a software development tool for Windows XP for coding iOS and Android apps. This time, the tool will be used to develop apps for and not just on Windows (and Windows Phone).

The beta for Windows Phone 8 is due in “early 2014” and will be followed by “full support” for Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8.  For more information, head to or their press release.



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cruisezero says:

Read Cortana.. Mind somewhere else. BTW can't wait for some leaks/news on that.
Good thing for MS more support, more SDK's will help devs port apps easier and rethink WP platform.

MrSimmix says:

I also read Cortana. I wish we could get more news on that.

Mooncow27 says:

I third that. Part of the reason behind me getting wp8. My wife would rather have a Master Chief voice, lol.

MrSimmix says:

Ha ha ha, it would be awesome if she could refer to us as master chief.

tribexx says:

Just not to sure on that new Daniel Rubino photo....

sahib lopez says:

i think i liked his older picture better :P

buggyglint says:

I say we create a poll.

walter1832 says:

It's got a Nathan Drake from Uncharted look to it.

I was thinking more of a Bear Grylls look to it...however, it matches his 'moral compass' quote better

I beleive its hard to work on corona, the windows sdk is much smoother for me to develop

spcdog says:

It's not as much about enabling new apps, as enabling porting of existing apps.

But I tried these thngs once, its hard to work in DAT, personally I will recommend windows its own sdk

Jas00555 says:

I'm glad there are gonna be more apps coming to Windows Phone, but I checked out their website and, honestly, none of the featured apps jumped out as exciting. Still, better than nothing.

Nakazul says:

O yeah, we have a beer app ... no, wait.

coip says:

Is your corona covered? If not, then it's time to legalize foreskin. Join the movement: #i2 for the win.

nadoj says:

I CAN'T WAIT! I have tons of apps that I have developed for iPhone already, it'll be awesome to see them on my lumia 928 :)

Arsee17 says:

If only they'd support Java...