faq

Frequently asked questions.

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 8 apps?

Create a script or game and publish it in TouchDevelop. Then you can export your script as a Visual Studio project that you need to compile to get the final app package. You can use the free Visual Studio Express edition. You will need a developer account for the Windows Store to submit the package to the Windows Store.
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how do I create Windows Phone apps?

Create a script or game and publish it in TouchDevelop. Read this document to learn how to export your script as a Windows Phone package. You do not need Visual Studio, but you will need a developer account for the Windows Phone Store to submit the package.

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 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.

view in web app

View this page in the TouchDevelop Web App to view related docs, write comments, or request more docs.