|Operating system||OS-independent (Web app)|
|Platform||Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows Phone 8.1|
|Available in||English, German, Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Japanese, Korean, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese|
|Type||Integrated development environment|
Windows App Studio, formerly Windows Phone App Studio is a discontinued web app provided by Microsoft for Windows app development. It allows users to create apps that can be installed or published to the Windows Store , and in addition provides the full source code in the form of a Visual Studio solution. The tool is used to develop Universal Windows Platform apps.
It allows newcomers to computer programming to create software applications for the Windows and Windows Phone operating system (OS). It uses a graphical interface, allowing users to create an application that can run on Windows Phone and Windows devices with little experience, and concentrates primarily on apps for websites and content streams. It also allows users to download the source code of the applications for further s in Visual Studio. Some of its features includes a Logo and Image Wizard, customizable theme templates, and can collect content from sites such as YouTube, Flickr and Facebook. The service works only for those with a Microsoft account and is completely free of charge.
On 27 May 2015 Microsoft added support for Windows 10 applications and included new features such as live tile updatability, Xbox Music Data Sourcing, Bing Maps, and analytics for applications concerning how often an application gets open, crashes, and is used by users who have installed it. In March 2016 Microsoft released the Windows App Studio Installer for Windows 10 and Windows 10 Mobile devices which allows developers to install and test applications developed in the Windows App Studio, and generate and scan QR Codes associated with the download link of their application programmes.
In June 2017, Microsoft announced that they would be shutting down the service on 1 December. However,Windows Template Studio is available as a Visual Basic extension to create apps. The source code of the project is provided at GitHub.
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