This is the news that all the VB Developers are waiting for, that Microsoft has released tools for building Visual Basic applications for Windows Phone 7, a move that could produce a significant number of applications for the new Smartphone operating system, as well as C#.
The RTW provides “Go Live” support, which allows VB developers to submit their apps to Windows Phone Marketplace! Another improvement is that the RTW release is now available in all languages that WP Developer Tools support: English, French, German, Spanish and Italian.
Visual Basic add-on for Windows Phone Developer Tools is now available in its final RTW version (“Release to Web”)
Only developers with Visual Studio 2010 Professional, Premium or Ultimate editions can use the new tools. The add-on does not support Visual Studio 2010 Express for Windows Phone.
Visual Basic developers who have built Silverlight applications and games for the Windows Phone 7 platform can finally ship their apps after months of testing and then have those apps published in the official Windows Phone Marketplace.
Millions of developers program in Visual Basic .Net for Windows, which opens up a large potential source of applications for WP7. Microsoft could use some help in beefing up the number of apps available for the smartphone. While Apple offers more than 300,000 apps for the iPhone, Microsoft’s online marketplace has less than 2,800, according to WP7 Applist, a Web site that tracks such applications.
TheStreet.com has reported only 40,000 consumers bought WP7 devices on launch day in the U.S. on Nov. 8. However, Microsoft has not confirmed that number. By comparison, Apple sold 1.7 million iPhone 4s the first three days it was available after the June 24 launch.