Test Universal Windows Platform Apps using Windows Device Portal

Universal Windows Platform Apps enable you as a developer to build an app that works on many different devices.  Since you might be developing you app for a device type other than Windows Desktop, you need to be able to easily deploy and test your UWP app across these other device types.  That’s where Windows Device Portal helps out!…


Universal Windows Platform apps in the Enterprise

Why use Universal Windows Apps in the Enterprise? Due to their nature, Classic Windows Apps (CWA) can be complicated and expensive to manage in the enterprise. It starts in the way a CWA installs. CWAs often elevate to install which means that during their installation they can write files to almost anywhere on the device…


Differential updates for UWP apps

One of the key benefits of building a UWP app are the savings users see when downloading updates. With Windows 10, updating UWP apps is optimized to ensure that only the minimal, required, changed bits of the app are downloaded – netting Windows 10 users tons of savings! At a high level, during package creation, a…


Installing UWP apps to alternate drives

Windows has always been, and continues to be, the premier platform of games. As Windows games keep getting better, their size also grows – to the point where users literally don’t have enough space for the game on their main drive. We’ve heard the feedback on this one loud and clear and have added a much anticipated…


Deploying apps in the Enterprise

What are the options available for deploying Universal Windows Platform apps in the Enterprise? The best place to start is with the Windows Store for Business. With the Windows Store for Business an enterprise can choose to use all the resources of the Windows Store but focused specifically for their needs. These resources include the…


Developer controlled app updates

Keeping apps up to date is a somewhat tedious task; it requires extra work on developers to check versions, guide the user to the store and hope they install the update – the result is lots of user confusion causing old apps to continue existing in the wild. We’ve heard this feedback from developers and are…


Rapid app development using register layout from network share – new in build 14965

We hear a lot from our developers that collaborative and multi-device development is time consuming due to the need to copy packages, repositories, build folders etc. With the release of Windows 10 Creators Update, we are excited to introduce a new functionality to provide developers a faster iterative loop while building UWP apps in these scenarios…


Upgrade Improvements in 14942

Hey everyone, I’m happy to share with you a great upgrade experience improvement for the latest Insider builds of Windows. We’ve gotten a lot of feedback on a frustrating situation that sometimes occurs in upgrade – apps that you had removed come back with the upgrade. This can happen on every windows upgrade, and for…


Optimizing the download of apps with Resource Packages

Creating rich multi-language or multi-scale experiences for your UWP apps is highly encouraged; it means a better experience for users and a broader overall reach to Windows consumers across the globe. However, it comes with a cost, all users need to download those additional assets. In Windows 10 UWP, using some neat features, you can reduce the download size of…


App Installer!

App Installer – An easy way to install your Universal Windows Apps on Windows Desktop! New in the Windows 10 Anniversary Update: Installing Universal Windows Apps was not always the most intuitive experience on Windows Desktop for a typical user. You either needed to run a .ps1 script or type in a command into PowerShell….

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