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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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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Announcing Surface 2, Surface Pro 2, and new Surface Accessories

Pre-order here: www.surface.com/pre-order.  It’s no secret that I love my Surface Pro, so the Surface Pro 2 has me all twitterpated. The dock station is particularly exciting, but I admit that the new magnesium color is winning my heart. Panos Panay made the big announcement today: Surface Pro has been an amazing device. It has…

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New help for porting iOS apps to Windows Store apps

The following new articles for iOS developers are live on the Windows Store apps Dev Center: Windows 8 controls for iOS developers Rethinking iOS table views (includes video) Titlebars, toolbars and app bars Collection views Charms (includes video) Tiles and badges Windows 8 cookbook for iOS devs Skinning and animating a button Data binding controls…

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Windows 8.1 features revealed

Antoine Leblond has a quick summary of new features in Windows 8.1 (aka Windows Blue): Continuing the Windows 8 vision with Windows 8.1. Here are a few fun new features. “Search Hero”: The Search charm will provide global search results powered by Bing in a rich, simple-to-read, aggregated view of many content sources (the web,…

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New Windows Dev Center experience is live

Check it out here. It’s much more colorful and engaging, and hopefully it’s easier to find the development and design guidance you need to create beautiful Windows Store apps. Get the details at the Windows 8 app developer blog: Introducing a new Windows Dev Center experience. The Windows team is focused on growing a vibrant…

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Add NFC to your Windows Store app

The indispensable Windows 8 app developer blog has a nice overview of programming NFC in your Windows Store apps. Priya Dandawate walks you through the deets in this excellent post. Here’s a little C# snippet to whet the appetite: 1: private void InitializeProximityDevice() 2: { 3:  4: Windows.Networking.Proximity.ProximityDevice proximityDevice; 5: proximityDevice = Windows.Networking.Proximity.ProximityDevice.GetDefault(); 6:  7:…

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Sign up for the Unity for Windows Store Apps open beta

Sign up here. From unity3d.com: Be one of the first Unity developers to port your content to tablets and PCs running Windows 8 and Windows RT and publish it on Windows Store. As a participant in our open beta for the Unity Windows Store apps port, you get the chance to see how your content…

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Channel 9 app drops

Check it out here. Now you can browse the treasure trove of MSDN videos known as Channel 9 from your Start screen. If you’re using Microsoft technologies, Channel 9 probably has video content that will speed your development efforts. The Channel 9 app aggregates Shows, Series, and Events in a single handy location. Other features:…

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jQuery 2.0 supports Windows Store app development

From the Windows 8 app developer blog: If you’ve already done some web development, it’s likely you’ve used the open source JavaScript framework jQuery. And if you’ve tried building Windows Store apps using jQuery, you might have run into errors related to JavaScript runtime or dynamic content. With the upcoming release of v2.0, the jQuery…

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