Playing a media stream in background in a PWA on Windows 10

When a PWA is running on Windows using the Hosted Web App model, it has to follow the same rules and requirements of a native application. For example, try to install and open Twitter, which is probably the most popular PWA available on the Microsoft Store. Then open Task Manager and minimize it, so that…

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Using a Windows Runtime Component from a Win32 application

As we have seen in this blog multiple times, the Desktop Bridge isn’t just a technology to package existing Win32 apps using the Windows 10 deployment model. It’s also a way to give you access to Universal Windows Platform APIs, to allow a UWP application to launch a Win32 process, etc. One of the many…

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Packaging a UWP application with a Win32 component in the right way

If you follow this blog, you’ll remember that a while ago I’ve talked about the Desktop Bridge phase called Migrate. This feature of the Desktop Bridge allows to create a full UWP application that, only when it’s running on a desktop machine, is able to invoke a Win32 process and to communicate with it using…

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Push notifications in a PWA running on Windows 10

In the previous post we have seen how we are able to activate a Progressive Web App on Windows 10 from a toast notification. However, the sample used in the post had a limitation compared to a real world scenario: the notification was generated by the app itself, as a consequence of the user pressing…

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

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 can integrate Machine Learning inside a Windows app thanks to WinML and Azure! But let’s take a step back ad talk a bit about WinML. Machine Learning and AI…

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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…

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Adaptive Cards, Desktop Bridge and Timeline in Windows 10

Adaptive Cards is a relatively new concept that has been introduced by Microsoft and it’s all about rendering some visual content using a standard JSON format. A card is a collection of information that you want to display to your users and it can include images, text, complex layouts and even actions, like in the…

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Choosing the right icon for the Store in a UWP or Desktop Bridge app

The manifest editor included in Visual Studio 2017 for UWP or Desktop Bridge apps is a great starting point to handle the various assets of your application. Thanks to an option added starting from the 2017 release, in fact, you have the chance to automatically generate all the required assets (including support for the various…

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Desktop Bridge: best practices and common issues

This post has been written by the TAppEx and CMCO teams, in collaboration with Windows AppConsult Below are common Desktop Bridge Microsoft Store Policy failures. By familiarizing yourself with these policies and making any necessary changes to your app, you can help ensure that your app gets into the Store in a timely manner.  We’ve…

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