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Announcement: Windows Phone 7 Opens to Visual Basic

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On November 29th, the Visual Basic team announced the Release To Web version of Visual Basic for Windows Phone Developer Tools.  This is exciting news for the large number of Visual Basic developers to achieve almost parity with the C# developer community in regards to Windows Phone 7 development of applications.  This release supports only Silverlight projects with VB and does not yet support projects built on the XNA Framework.

The update to the Windows Phone Developer Tools includes:

  • Project Templates
  • Designer Support
  • IntelliSense for Silverlight and VB
  • Go Live license for VB applications published to Windows Phone Marketplace
  • VB support for the following languages: English, French, German, Italian and Spanish

This release does require developers to be using at least Visual Studio 2010 Professional or higher.  Download Visual Basic for Windows Phone Developer Tools here and you will find code samples on MSDN.

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