Add a bit of machine learning to your Windows application thanks to WinML

[Updated on 11/07/2018] WinML APIs are now out from the preview and, as such, many things in this post aren’t valid anymore. You can read an updated version here: https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/appconsult/2018/11/06/upgrade-your-winml-application-to-the-latest-bits/ Disclaimer! I’m a complete rookie in the Machine Learning space But the purpose of this post is exactly to show how also an amateur like me…


Guidance Summary for writing Windows 10 S Mode apps with Adaptive Layout, Live Tiles, and Notifications and Action Center

Introduction Many developers writing applications for Windows 10, need to write their apps to be functional at all resolutions and windows sizes and support live tiles and notifications. The following is a summary of App Consult blogs and other references to assist in the implementation and testing of these features. Note that UWP apps are,…


Activating a Progressive Web App on Windows 10 using a toast notification

If you have some familiarity with Progressive Web Apps or if you have read the great blog post by my team mate Mike on how to integrate notifications in a Progressive Web App, you’ll already know that web applications running on Windows 10 have a big advantage. When they are packaged as an app, in…


Native Inking comes to Progressive Web Apps on Windows 10 (1803)

An exciting new feature in the Edge rendering engine (EdgeHTML 17) available in the Spring 2018 (1803) update of Windows 10 are the native inking extensions added to the <canvas> control. These extensions include support for the methods and properties of the InkCanvas class documented here: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/uwp/api/windows.ui.xaml.controls.inkcanvas. With this control, you can now support simple…


Could not load file or assembly ‘System.Private.CoreLib

This post to help those that are facing the following error when trying to install an UWP – Desktop Bridge .NET application:   Exception type:   System.IO.FileNotFoundException Message:          Could not load file or assembly ‘System.Private.CoreLib, Version=4.0.0.0, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=b03f5f7f11d50a3a’ or one of its dependencies. The system cannot find the file specified.   This error occurs because Microsoft…


Using the NavigationView in your UWP applications

The navigation view control provides top-level application navigation. For a more detailed description see the Windows Dev Center document “Navigation view”. In this blog post I want to provide you with quick guidance on how to leverage this control in your UWP application. First, a few “need to know” items. 1.   This control requires…