Microsoft on Monday released Visual Basic for Windows Phone Developer Tools, which will allow Visual Basic developers to create apps for Windows Phone 7 devices.
“This release doubles the developer audience for Windows Phone, by enabling Visual Basic developers to create applications for Windows Phone, as well as C#,” Microsoft said in a blog post.
Microsoft released a preview of Visual Basic support in September, but Monday’s release provides “go live” support and allows developers to submit their apps directly to the Windows Phone Marketplace. It is available in English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish. The release, however, is currently only for Silverlight projects; the tools do not support projects built on the XNA Framework.
Before downloading the release, developers must install Visual Studio 2010 and the Windows Phone Developer Tools.
Microsoft also enhanced its Visual Basic for Windows Phone sample code, available on MSDN.