(header image courtesy of Microsoft)
Microsoft has announced the Windows Phone App Studio (Beta), a browser based tool that will allow you to create a Windows Phone application without writing any code.
I wish I heard about this earlier, such as when I learned of LightSwitch several months before the first beta was out. No matter. I’m a fan already, and will likely be on this bandwagon before GA is even announced (pending the receipt of an invitation code I requested of course…hint, hint).
Most of you who follow my blog already know that I am big champion of the “Citizen Developer“. This tool seems to reinforce what the research is saying. End user application development (EUAD) is on the rise. Tools like these are being delivered to meet an increasingly hungry market of latent developers.
How long do you think it will be before Google creates a similar tool for Android, and Apple for iOS?
For some time now I’ve been holding off on buying a Windows Phone. My Samsung Android phone meets my needs today. This new Windows Phone App Studio may just push me to get the Windows Phone now. Is this a strategic move by Microsoft? Of course it is.
Much I like I did with LightSwitch, I’m going to keep on eye on this and see how it progresses. I suspect this particular offering is one of, or an iteration of, other tools that will progressively enable more EUAD capabilities. It would seem logical that this would evolve into a tool for creating Windows 8 applications, possibly even integrate some of the LightSwitch development techniques. Who knows.
Interesting and exciting times indeed.