Bring your Windows desktop applications to the Windows Store with the Desktop App Converter

At long last. Now you can convert your Windows desktop applications (Win32, WPF, etc.) to install as proper Windows Store apps and participate as first-class citizens in the Store ecosystem. Once converted, you can update your applications to use UWP features, like speech recognition, Live Tiles, and Hello. Also, you can leverage your existing desktop…

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Remote Desktop for Windows 10 exits preview, now available as a UWP app

  Remote Desktop may be my favorite Windows Store app, and now it’s generally available for Windows 10 devices as a UWP app. If you’ve been running the Windows 8.1 version, you’ll be pleasantly surprised when it automatically updates the next time the Store updates your installed apps. With Remote Desktop for Window 10, you…

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More Personal Computing in Windows 10: Using Ink, Voice, and Face Recognition in a UWP App

  Our team wanted to demonstrate some of the “More Personal Computing” features – what the rest of the world calls NUI – that you get for free on the Windows 10 platform. So we wrote a UWP app named “Family Notes”. It has some nice features: Speech recognition and speech synthesis by using the…

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Weathr, a 3D weather app: code sample in C++, DirectX, and XAML

Thomas Petchel knocked this out in his spare time: While working on the Hilo C++ project, I really wanted to further explore the intersection among C++, DirectX, and XAML in the context of a Windows Store app. A 3D weather app seemed novel (I’ve never seen one before) yet doable (arguably easier to implement than…

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DirectX game templates for Visual Studio are posted

Get them here. Are you creating a game for the Windows Store? If you’re looking for high-performance, you’ll need to code it in C++ and DirectX. These project templates give you a big head start: The Windows Developer Content DirectX game learning template sample extends the basic DirectX app template with features that help you…

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Add Facebook login to your Windows Store apps

Sanjeev Dwivedi posts the details: Today, we are excited to announce that on Windows Store apps and Windows Phone 8 apps, you can easily integrate Facebook Login. Facebook Login lets users sign in to Facebook only one time across multiple devices. If another app then wants to access the users Facebook account, the user just…

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How to align sensors with your app’s orientation

Brian Rockwell presents a quick overview showing how to align a device’s sensors with your app’s orientation: The sensors supported by Windows Store apps offer a powerful way to spice up your app’s functionality. Sensors let your app know the relationship between the device and the physical world around it; the direction, orientation, and movement…

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Quick tips for porting a XAML Split App to Windows 8.1

If you have an app in the Windows Store already, and you used the Split App (XAML) template as the basis of your app, you’ll notice that the VS2013 compiler complains when you retarget the project to Windows 8.1 and build it: Warning: ‘Windows.ApplicationModel.DataTransfer.DataPackage.SetUri(System.Uri)’ is obsolete: ‘SetUri may be altered or unavailable for releases after…

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Reddit: Hi! We’re Windows 8.1 engineers. Ask us anything!

Closed now, but still some interesting stuff in here: Hello everyone! We’re a group of engineers from the Windows team at Microsoft. Our focus areas included user experiences, the app platform, Internet Explorer and more. We are here from 10:30 to noon to answer your questions about Windows 8.1. We are best suited to discuss…

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Publishing your apps to the Windows Store for Windows 8.1

With today’s announcement of Windows 8.1 and Visual Studio 2013 availability, the Windows Store is now open for submitting apps targeting Windows 8.1.  Here’s more from the Windows App Builder blog: For those of you who started working on your app with our Preview versions, you’ll first need to update your Preview environment to today’s…

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