On the Windows Blog Microsoft revealed new updates to the Windows Phone App Studio, their web service which makes it easy to create a Windows Phone app which can ultimately be published to the Windows Phone Store.
The updates are designed to improve usability and performance, and the quality of the code generated.
Microsoft has updated the site’s Menu bar, with enhanced navigation buttons which makes it easier to edit collections after an app is created. They also added dozens of new graphics elements: icons, backgrounds, and stock images you can use to enhance and sharpen the visual identity of your app.
The web service now also features SkyDrive integration, which makes it easy to access your pictures.
The Visual Studio project template and the code that it generates has also been enhanced, making it cleaner and easier to read, with improved naming conventions for consistency across your project, simplified projects and app manifests, and pinch to zoom.
While thousands of projects have been started, it seems only hundreds have actually made it to the Windows Phone Store, which is no bad thing really.
If you want to try your own hand at making a Windows Phone app, see the service here.