Introducing Corona Support for Windows Phone 8

Introducing Corona Support for Windows Phone 8

Windows PhoneWe are very happy to announce v1 support for Windows Phone 8!

For now, support for WP8 is done via CoronaCards, which brings a lot of flexibility to how Corona developers can start developing for WP8. CoronaCards is a version of the Corona platform (running the usual Corona Lua code) that can be embedded into any native app and that allows developers to also hook in any native functionality via a native/Lua bridge.

There is an unlimited trial for CoronaCards for WP8, so download the bits right away and start building WP8 apps and games! You can see more about how to get started with CoronaCards for WP8 in our guides and videos. You will need a Windows 8.1 machine, along with Visual Studio (of which there are free versions). We currently build Windows Phone 8 apps and games, which also run on Windows Phone 8.1 devices.

If you are an existing Corona developer, you rely heavily on the Corona Simulator. When building for WP8, this will largely stay the same: we will add Windows Phone skins to a daily build in the next few days and you will be able to use the Corona Simulator to work on all your Lua code (as usual) and then just do builds quickly inside Visual Studio and CoronaCards.


We want all Corona developers to build for WP8 as soon as possible, so starting now ALL purchases of Corona SDK Pro and Corona Enterprise will include a CoronaCards for WP8 license. We are also giving ALL current Pro and Enterprise developers a license of CoronaCards for WP8 (with the same expiration date as your existing Pro or Enterprise license). You should see that appear in your account in the next day.

There is a guide on how licensing works here.


As always, we have a specific CoronaCards for WP8 forum where you can ask questions and discuss. There are a good number of valuable threads already in there from our beta testers.

Finally, I’d like to thank the Corona team (all of whom worked very hard on this), our contacts at Microsoft (who have been great to work with), as well as all the beta testers that have been using the product for the last month or so.

There are several games built with CoronaCards for WP8 that are already in the Windows Phone app store, including OmNomster, Basketball Superstar, Bloody Monsters, My Boo and Toilet Time! Check them out – several of these have millions of downloads on iOS and Android and are sure to do equally well on Windows Phone!

  • dingo
    Posted at 12:27h, 21 October

    thanks a lot to the whole Corona team, really looking forward to publish all our games on windows phone!

  • Joe
    Posted at 17:49h, 21 October

    I will never give Windows a try.

    • Raphael Salgado
      Posted at 05:04h, 22 October

      You might not want to, but at least you’ll cater to the captive audience that could be viewed as needful of good apps and games. We now could fill that void and be the beneficiary of that result. Thanks, CoronaLabs!

      • Joe
        Posted at 17:30h, 22 October

        The thing is that Corona should spend the resources that have been & will be allocated to Windows platform to something else. There are much more important things to do than supporting Windows. You gain some and you lose some. As a Corona subscriber, I just feel I gain nothing and lose some.

    • Custom Application and Software Development Company
      Posted at 01:52h, 28 November

      Joe, you should try at least once. If you do not aware of windows features let me explain you in details. If we talk about latest Corona update, Corona SDK exposes features such as audio and graphics, cryptography, networking, as well as device information such as accelerometer information, GPS, and user input is just awesome. I hope you should give a try at least once and definitely you love window phones.

  • Jorge
    Posted at 21:09h, 21 October

    David, great news. What of we upgrade from Basic to Pro, do we still get access to WP8?

    • David
      Posted at 21:11h, 21 October

      Jorge – Yes. Anytime you go to Pro or Enterprise (new purchase or upgrade, you will also have a CoronaCards for WP8).

  • Eric Wroolie
    Posted at 22:45h, 21 October

    This is great news! One of the reasons we went fully into Corona Development was because of this. While I agree that the market is small, I think that may be a big selling point.

    And thanks for making Corona Cards available for Pro subscribers. I think Corona is going to make a huge splash now.

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  • Vasya
    Posted at 22:50h, 21 October

    Excellent news! Thank you!

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    Posted at 22:58h, 21 October

    Nice job Corona Team!

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  • Claudio
    Posted at 06:18h, 22 October

    It works on Windows 8 or 8.1 Tablet? I mean for the Windows Market.

    • David
      Posted at 06:25h, 22 October

      Claudio – no, for now this is only support for Windows Phone 8/8.1. Windows 8 (what runs on the Surface tablets) is a different platform.

  • Marc
    Posted at 06:35h, 22 October

    What is the status of a version that does not require Corona Cards? I would like to just publish to Windows as i am now publishing to iOS and Android without the need for a native development environment.

    This still part of the plan?

    • David
      Posted at 10:28h, 22 October

      Marc – for the immediate future the plan is to leave it as CoronaCards, but that may change.
      I would encourage you to give this a try. Several other developers through it would be a problem for them but they tried it and ended up publishing with it pretty quickly.

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  • Kevin Croombs
    Posted at 09:35h, 23 October

    Fantastic news – well done team Corona! 🙂 CoronaCards seems to be a great solution.

  • Jasonek
    Posted at 12:40h, 23 October

    FINALLY! I thought the team had scraped the WP project!

  • Glenn
    Posted at 14:55h, 23 October

    I have been looking forward to this all year and am disappointed it isn’t included for the Basic license. It should be included in there too. I have no need for anything in the Pro license other than IAP’s.
    Are there plans to throw a bone to paying customers of the Basic license?

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  • Altaf Rehmani
    Posted at 07:49h, 27 October

    Great job – Corona team. I think this allows corona developers to reach out to Windows user base – which is small for now, but surely will grow in the future. More importantly this allows Corona to be a true multiplatform and allow corona powered apps to run on all platforms.

    if this can work on Windows 10, Will Corona powered apps be able to run on Windows desktop too?


  • Joe Kauffman
    Posted at 13:03h, 31 October

    I just ported all of our adventure games over to Windows Phone! They all work nice and fast, even on the NOKIA Lumia 530 that I am using for testing.

    So cool!

    Thanks Corona Labs!!!

  • Chuck
    Posted at 03:49h, 12 January

    Anyone wanting testers for their windows apps, i’m willing to help… I am a advid Windows Phone user. never got into the whole apple phone, only love the MAC. Never cared for the COMMON android and google-overlords of personal data-storage. But I find that Windows phones have the best feel, fastest speed, longest battery life, share-connect with any OS, and in my oppioioin looks the coolest as a main UI… Been hooked for almost 2 years, and since 8.1-cortana, not only hooked, now in love…
    I sport the Nokia 925… Anyone wishing for someone to test out there apps on live phones (if you don’t have one), email me the file, and Ill put it thru the ringer for ya…
    I am still learning corona (android/ios), so I have not started Windows development yet. but doubt i will have any issues..

    just let me know. you can email your apps to [email protected] (phone account).


  • Bilen
    Posted at 07:40h, 21 March

    Can anyone recommend some cheap Windows devices to use for Windows Phone development? I currently use a MacBook Pro for iOS, Android and Kindle development (just started publishing apps), and am trying to cover as many devices as I can.

    Thanks 🙂