Microsoft have today announced Windows Phone App Studio Beta (https://apps.windowsstore.com/default.htm). This is a web based tool which allows you to build your own app by putting together data sources and customising the look and feel. The instructions list just four basic steps and there is a library of templates to start from. This might not be of huge interest to hardcore developers but it does allow non-developers to build and test apps and get a feel for what the platform is capable of. One of the interesting features is that once you’ve created your app you can download the source code as a Visual Studio solution and then customise it however you see fit.
To investigate this I picked a couple of the Charming libraries (http://charming.codeplex.com) to add Search and Sharing functionality to a ready-made app. I’ll be following up with a detailed step-by-step approach of adding Search support to a generated app.