Microsoft releases Visual Basic CTP for Windows Phone 7 developer tools

I’m guessing that this is what Brandon Watson was hintting at last night on Twitter. Microsoft has just released a CTP that enables  Visual Basic developers to create Windows Phone 7 application with the final version of the Windows Phone 7 sdk that was released last week.

Please install this Community Technology Preview to develop Windows Phone 7 applications using Microsoft Visual Basic. This CTP is to be used as an evaluation, and is not intended to reflect the final version of the technology, which is subject to implementation changes.

Some more info:

We’re not formally announcing the schedule for when Visual Basic will be fully supported. We’re giving VB developers early access to the Windows Phone 7 platform so that they can start thinking about what amazing apps they want to build.

A couple of important caveats:

1.This is a CTP, which means we want to give you early access, and are hoping to solicit feedback, but this is not a final implementation, and you should not expect anything you built to be commercial ready.
2.There is no Go-Live license, which means you shouldn’t try to release apps built with this version of the technology.
3.You need to be a Visual Studio 2010 Professional (or higher) customer. So if you only have the Express edition of the Windows Phone Developer Tools, you cannot use this version of the CTP. I hear Visual Studio 2010 have a trial download if you are really itchy.
4.You cannot build XNA games. Silverlight apps only.

Download it from here.

  • BucksterMcgee

    Hmm, anyone else think that this was unexpectedly quick to be released? Honestly VB support was one of the later additions to WP7 that was said to be “coming soon after launch”, if it’s already in CTP, that gives me hope that a lot of the missing parts will be coming sooner than we think. Could it be possible that we see copy/paste before the year is out?

  • Anonymous

    It could be very possible because I heard that there will be an update to WP7 OS soon after launch.

  • MobileTechWorld

    Yeah you can expect updates to be pushed out after the launch. Bigger update should come/be announced around MWC in February.