TheAppBuilder now lets users create DIY Windows 8 apps

21 Sep 2012

TheAppBuilder team from JamPot Technologies, with Josh Holmes, architect evangelist, from Microsoft (centre)

The arrival of Windows 8 on 26 October could mark a significant shift in the world of computing, with the operating system’s interface changing dramatically for touchscreen optimisation and use across desktop and mobile devices. This new OS also means a new platform for app development, which is now supported by DIY app-building website, TheAppBuilder.

TheAppBuilder from JamPot Technologies helps users build and launch mobile apps for iOS, Android and Windows Phone, and HTML5 web apps. Since its launch in March, more than 40,000 apps have been created using TheAppBuilder, and now the service will support development of Windows 8 apps.

Available now, users can create a Windows 8 app using a simple drag-and-drop interface, and submit it to the Windows Store even before the store has gone live and the OS has been released.

“When Windows 8 was announced we felt it was an important step to enable customers of TheAppBuilder to be able to publish a native Windows 8 app as the platform opportunity is going to be huge,” said James Scott, CEO of JamPot Technologies.

“There is a real sense of industry excitement building for the launch of Windows 8 and given the number of customers we’ve had asking for a Windows 8 service from TheAppBuilder, we’re looking forward to seeing a diverse range of apps created ready for its launch in October.”

Even Microsoft is excited by the service that will enable people to quickly create and share Windows 8 apps.

“There is a lot of excitement around Windows 8, especially the Windows Store and the opportunity it presents,” said John Richards, senior director of Windows apps marketing at Microsoft.

“With this huge opportunity in place, it’s great to see TheAppBuilder enabling anyone to easily and quickly create and submit exciting Windows 8 apps using its simple interface.”

Elaine Burke is the host of For Tech’s Sake, a co-production from Silicon Republic and The HeadStuff Podcast Network. She was previously the editor of Silicon Republic.