Windows Phone 7 Gets Visual Basic

Microsoft has released a set of tools to enable developers to build Windows Phone 7 apps using Visual Basic.

The release comes just days after the software giant launched the final version of its Windows Phone 7 Developer Tools.

The company said in a blog post that since it released the Windows Phone 7 Developer Tools, the Visual Basic community had been eager to start building Windows Phone 7 apps as well.

Microsoft's Brandon Watson wrote on the blog: “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.”

According to Microsoft, Visual Basic CTP for Windows Phone Developer Tools, will come with all the standard templates, designer support, emulator and IntelliSense for Visual Basic.

However, developers will be restricted to developing Silverlight apps only and not XNA games. They will also not be able to make their apps commercially available.