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August 10, 2012

Thinking about making an app? Now’s the time.

You’ve had your Windows Phone for a while now, but recently started to get the itch to create your own app. Maybe it’s because you want something for your business, or your kids, or to make life easier—or just to prove something to yourself.

Whatever the reason, there’s no better time to dive in.

In case you missed it, this week we unveiled the Windows Phone Dev Center, a new home for our app developers that’s designed to make creating apps for our phones faster and more profitable. Check out Ash Wahi’s announcement and tour on Tuesday’s Windows Phone Developer Blog. And if you’re already a developer, don’t miss Todd Brix’s follow up post today with answers to the most-asked developer questions over the last few days.

While certainly not easy (but, hey, neither’s fly fishing), making a useful app might not be as hard as you imagine. It might even be more fun and rewarding than you dreamed. My buddy Andy, a writer and musician, not a programmer, recently created this wicked cool Windows Phone app (look for his story here soon).  With the help of tutorials like this absolute-beginners series from Channel 9, I bet you can, too.

And if you do, by all means let me know.

The Windows Phone Dev Center was designed to be easier on the eyes and easier to use. The homepage, shown here, sports a cleaner look than its predecessor and streamlined menus.