[Guide]: How to develop Windows Phone apps for free

By on Saturday, October 05, 2013

Would you like to create an application for Windows Phone 8 through which promote your website but do not have advanced knowledge in terms of programming? Do not despair. You too can create an app for the Microsoft operating system.

All you need to do is go to a simplified solution that allows you to develop an application by using a wizard, without typing a single line of code. There is, and it's even free. If you want to know what it is and want to learn how to develop Windows Phone apps using it, read on.

If you want to discover how to develop Windows Phone apps and don't have much familiarity with programming languages, I suggest you take a look at Windows Phone App Studio. It's a free online service provided by Microsoft that allows you to build applications for Windows Phone 8 extremely simple (without writing a single line of code) acting directly from your browser. Has several preset models from which to build your own app and a comfortable Wizard to create an entirely new application from scratch.

To use Windows Phone App Studio, linked to this page, click on the button Start  building and sign in to the service using your account details (Outlook.com/Hotmail). Subsequently, agrees to connect your account with App Studio by clicking on Yes and confirm your registration to the service by clicking on Register.

On the page which opens, click on the button Create app and choose whether to create an application from a preset model (by selecting one of the live tile placed underneath the words create an app from a template, or create a "blank" app, clicking on 'create an empty app'. At this point, you have to type the name of the application you want to create, a short description of its functions and load its icons (in PNG format) by clicking on the Logo located in the lower left-hand corner. After procedure, click Next to continue the development of your project.

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At this point, depending on the choice you made at the beginning (start from a preset model or create an empty application) you need to develop for Windows Phone by selecting the items you want to add in your application.

In the case of templates, there is already several objects in the editor (Story, News, etc.) you will have to customize by clicking on their respective icons. For example, for pages with the news you can choose the source address of the RSS feed from which the app must draw the news to display.

In the case of "empty" app, you have to manually add sections, and menu items by clicking on the + button in the upper right corner and selecting the Add section (to add a section) or the Add menu item (to add a menu) from the menu that appears.

Next, you'll be able to edit all sections and added menus to your application by selecting the items to be included in them: RSS for news from RSS feeds, HTML for HTML elements, Bing for search, and so on.

Going to the Configure tab App Style you can then select the colors and other aesthetic details of your application to make it more appealing under the graphic point of view.

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After creating your app, visit Generated tab of Windows Phone App Studio and click on the Generate app button to start creating the installation package. It will take a few minutes, either way you will receive an email when the process is terminating.

You will have the possibility to download your application and its source code (for use in Visual Studio) on your PC. To install it on your Windows Phone, you must first download the Platform SDK from this Web page, install it on your computer, connect your phone to your PC and open Windows Phone Developer Registration to authorize your account.

To publish your app on Windows Store, you'll need to register a Microsoft dev account by following the directions on this page. The annual fee to be paid to have an account of this type is of 37 euros.

If any step is not clear, you can see how it works in a practical way Windows Phone App Studio thanks to one of the many video tutorials available on YouTube . Then when you're ready to go into that, you should take a look at this guide that explains how to develop applications for Windows Phone in Visual Studio.

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