11/29/2010 Update: Today we are announcing the final release of Visual Basic for Windows Phone Developer Tools. This release enables you to submit your VB applications to the Windows Phone Marketplace. Since the CTP, we’ve also added support for French, German, Italian, and Spanish.
Like the CTP, the final release requires Visual Studio Professional, Premium, or Ultimate, and the Windows Phone Developer Tools. If you don’t have Visual Studio 2010, you can install the free Visual Studio 2010 trial. You can also find VB code samples for Windows Phone on MSDN here.
Many of you have asked if Visual Basic can be used to write Windows Phone applications.
As of today, the answer is “yes!”
Starting today, you can download Microsoft Visual Basic CTP for Windows Phone Developer Tools. This is a great milestone as it enables our Visual Basic developers to be able to build applications for Windows Phone.
Applications built using the CTP run on both the emulator and the phone. To try the CTP, you’ll need the final version of Windows Phone Developer Tools and Visual Studio 2010 Professional or higher. If you don’t have Visual Studio 2010 Professional, you can install the free trial of Visual Studio Professional.
The CTP includes Visual Studio 2010 project templates, item templates, designer support, emulator support, debugging, and IntelliSense for Visual Basic. After installing the CTP, Visual Studio 2010 Professional and higher users will find Windows Phone project types for Visual Basic in the New Project Dialog, as you can see below.