Embed a live tile in your Windows 10 app!

Have you ever wanted to display a preview of your live tile in your app’s settings page, so the user can instantly see how your various settings will affect their live tile? Introducing the PreviewTile control! The PreviewTile is a XAML control that replicates the Start tiles, and fully supports displaying adaptive tile notifications. This…

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Notifications Visualizer updated for Version 1511 of Windows 10

With Version 1511 of Windows 10 (build 10586, codename TH2 or Threshold 2), we released a few improvements and fixes to Adaptive Tile Templates. And now, the Notifications Visualizer app has been updated (version 4.1.0.0) to reflect the changes in the new OS update! Instantly flip between Version 1511 and Windows 10 RTM Using the Visualizer,…

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What’s new for Adaptive Tile Templates in Windows 10 Version 1511

For 1511, we’ve added a number of small features and improvements to Adaptive Tile Templates. This post summarizes everything that’s new. See the Adaptive Tile Templates documentation to learn more. Circle crop for peek and background images You can now use the hint-crop=”circle” attribute on peek and background images. Previously you could only use it…

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Quickstart: Handling toast activations from Win32 apps in Windows 10

Summary In Windows 10, we made sure Win32 apps can use the new toast notification features, meaning developers can make their notifications appear in Action Center and utilize interactive toast notifications. Since Windows 8.1, Win32 apps are able to generate toast notifications using the existing WinRT ToastNotificationManager API just like a modern app. Handling activation from toast notifications, however,…

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Introducing Notifications Visualizer for Windows 10

Notifications Visualizer is a new universal app in the Store that helps developers design adaptive live tiles for Windows 10. The app provides instant visual previews of your tile while editing, similar to Visual Studio’s XAML editor/design view. Your payload is also checked for errors, ensuring you create a valid tile payload. Developers will find…

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Introducing the Notifications library for Windows 10!

The Notifications library from the UWP Community Toolkit allows you to generate tile, toast, and badge notifications in an object-oriented fashion, instead of directly dealing with messy XML. The library fully supports adaptive tiles/toasts and interactive toast notifications, and is officially built and maintained by the team at Microsoft who owns notifications. (This library was…

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Ping Pong Quest Follow Up

(Published on behalf of Adam Wilson) Well that was exciting. In a little over 5 days we managed to get over 2000 insiders running the Ping Pong App and generating over 26 000 datapoints per day. The team is still pouring over the data, but we have been able to track down some interesting information…

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