Yes VB Developers, you may develop apps for Windows Phone 7

The biggest wish/request from the WP7 Dev Community for Windows Phone 7 Tools and platform has been granted:

You can now download the Visual Basic CTP for Windows Phone Developer Tools. Provided in this download are all the templates, designer support, emulator (and phone!) support and IntelliSense for Visual Basic.

Do I hear a big YAY there? Do note the following though, as Brandon Watson states:

  1. This is a CTP, which means we want to give you early access, and are hoping to solicit feedback, but this is not a final implementation, and you should not expect anything you built to be commercial ready.
  2. There is no Go-Live license, which means you shouldn’t try to release apps built with this version of the technology.
  3. You need to be a Visual Studio 2010 Professional (or higher) customer. So if you only have the Express edition of the Windows Phone Developer Tools, you cannot use this version of the CTP. I hear Visual Studio 2010 have a trial download if you are really itchy.
  4. You cannot build XNA games. Silverlight apps only.

Windows Phone 7 has already shipped and only supports C# at this time. The functionality in this CTP will be included in a future version of Windows Phone (details will be provided in the future). According to Jason Zanders you should expect the functionality to be included in a corresponding Express release for the phone in addition to a plug-in for Visual Studio Pro (and above) when the VB tools are formally released.

Want to give it a try? Check out this Microsoft Visual Basic CTP for Windows Phone Developer Tools Tutorial.

You can post your feedback and connect with others on the Windows Phone Forums, and report issues on Microsoft Connect.