Microsoft eases development for Windows and Windows Phone with new App Studio

The company has also integrated Facebook with the App Studio service

Microsoft's Windows App Studio lets users create apps for tablets and smartphones without having to write any code.

Microsoft's Windows App Studio lets users create apps for tablets and smartphones without having to write any code.

Microsoft's App Studio beta test has been expanded to allow novice developers to build applications for Windows tablets and PCs, in addition to Windows Phone.

Last year Microsoft introduced a beta version of Windows Phone App Studio in an effort to increase the number of apps for its smartphone OS by letting almost anyone build an application. The company has now expanded the platform to let users build for tablets and PCs at the same time, and renamed the service Windows App Studio, it said in a blog post on Friday.

The hosted service runs in a browser and lets users choose from a number of templates to get started and then add content such as images, videos, RSS and Twitter feeds. Content can be pulled from sites such as Youtube, Flickr and Facebook, a new addition to the platform.

There is also a new device preview that allows users to see how their app will look on a range of devices, including smartphones and tablets.

Applications that were created using the Windows Phone version of App Studio can be upgraded to run on Windows, as well.

Once an app has been finished, users can download it directly to their device or download packages that can be published in one of Microsoft's app stores. It is also possible to download the original source code for Windows Phone 8.0, Windows Phone 8.1, and Windows 8.1.

The App Studio website still has a beta tag and Microsoft didn't announce any details on when it planned to remove it.

The company is also working on making it easier for professional developers to create apps for all kinds of Windows devices. One of the big announcements at this week's Build conference was a concept Microsoft calls universal apps, which will make it possible for developers to write one app that runs on smartphones, tablets, PCs, and the Xbox One.

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