Using ComparePackage to understand version differences and user impacts

ComparePackage is a new Windows 10 SDK (ver 10.0.15003.1001) tool that analyzes the differences between versions of your UWP app packages and helps you estimate what the update impact of the new version will be to users. This guide will cover how to get started using the tool and how to interpret its output. Preparation…

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Make your app deployment feedback actionable!

Our insiders and loyal windows users are key contributors to the success of Windows 10.  They provide us with great coverage on our features and send feedback using the feedback hub app. If you are ever experiencing problems you can make your feedback more actionable to us, the Windows engineering teams.  Doing this is pretty easy and…

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Test Universal Windows Platform Apps using Windows Device Portal – Part II

In my previous blog, I talked about how to test your Windows Apps on various windows device types using Device Portal on your web browser. If you have not read it yet, check it out here. Now let’s discuss how you can programmatically use the Device Portals’ REST APIs to test your apps. It is very common…

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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!…

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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…

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