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who created TouchDevelop

TouchDevelop is developed by the Research in Software Engineering group (RiSE) at Microsoft Research. Learn more about our research...

why was TouchDevelop created

We want to explore how the future of software development might look like when the most commonly accessible computing devices are mobile devices. We have found that TouchDevelop is a great way to learn or teach programming.

what browsers and devices does TouchDevelop run on?

The TouchDevelop Web App runs on virtually all recent platforms, including iPad, iPhone, Android (phones and tablets), Macs, PC. For the Windows Phone, you can download the TouchDevelop app from the Windows Phone Store.

does TouchDevelop replace other professional IDEs?

TouchDevelop has been designed for mobile devices with touchscreens. While it can also be used with keyboard and mouse, you still want to use professional development tools when you have the resources.

how do I create Windows/Windows Phone/Android/iOS apps?

Follow the instructions in export to app.

what about the TouchDevelop Windows Phone app

The TouchDevelop Windows Phone app was the first to launch in April 2011. The TouchDevelop Web App Preview was launched in October 2012. Certain sensors and data providers that can be used in the TouchDevelop Windows Phone app and generated Windows 8 apps are not accessible on the web due to browser restrictions.

does TouchDevelop work offline?

Yes! After you run the web app once, it will be cached on your device. learn more...

how can I change the language of TouchDevelop?

Go to your account settings and change your preferred language. TouchDevelop is not yet localized in all languages so your mileage will vary.

does TouchDevelop work in my language?

TouchDevelop is partially localized. Help us localize TouchDevelop by playing the localization game!
TouchDevelop will also automatically translate the help into your language using Microsoft Translator.

how was the TouchDevelop Web App created?

The TouchDevelop Web App is written in Type Script. Watch this video from the //build/ conference to learn more.

how do I report bugs or contact the TouchDevelop team?

Tap on the feedback link on the lower right of this page.