Introducing the Windows App Builder blog!

Hey everyone, I wanted to let you know that we’re bringing the Windows 8 app developer and Windows Store blogs together into the new Windows App Builder blog. With the upcoming release of Windows 8.1 Preview we have a lot to tell you about what’s new for Windows app builders, and we’re excited to do…

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Building the Bing apps for Windows 8

Overview For Windows 8, the Bing team built News, Weather, Finance, Sports, Travel and Maps apps. This technical overview provides insight on the architecture of these apps, key Windows 8 features and the contracts they use, common controls they employ, and world readiness more generally. Several members of the Bing team formed an apps team…

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Security best practices for building Windows Store apps

As part of creating the app platform for Windows Store apps, one of our primary goals was to ensure that customers have confidence in their apps. We want customers to be confident that their apps will work as they expect, co-exist with other apps, and uninstall cleanly. This confidence comes from a variety of sources…

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Enabling great Play To experiences from your Windows 8 apps (and websites!)

Play To Overview The Play To feature allows you to stream music, photos and videos from apps to Xbox and other supported devices on your home network. Imagine being able to easily flick photos and videos from your app to the big screen TV. Or music from your app to your living room speakers. Using…

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User experience integration testing for Windows 8 apps

In the blog post for testing Windows Store apps, we discussed what to test at the various runtime states for your app. We also discussed a few aspects of the Windows 8 user experience and how that affects the environment your app lives in. Now, we explore the new user experience a bit further and…

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Automating the testing of Windows 8 apps

In the blog post for testing Windows Store apps, we’ve primarily covered what to test your apps for. While you can manually execute the verification areas we’ve discussed in the previous post, it is more efficient to automate some of these verification areas. Automating the verification of your app has many benefits. Automated testing saves…

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Media Playback: What you need to know about playing media to make your app shine in Windows 8

For Windows 8, we made some changes in our audio system designed to improve the app experience. In this blog, I discuss these changes, and how you can take advantage of them in your media apps. Hopefully this info helps you better understand how audio works in Windows Store apps, especially when it comes to…

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Testing Windows 8 apps using Visual Studio 2012

As we continue to innovate on the operating system platform with Windows 8, we also enhanced the toolset available in Visual Studio to increase your productivity in testing your Windows 8 apps. Ensuring a top notch quality of your app in this new modern OS environment through thoughtful design and testing will help increase the…

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App building events for Windows 8 app developers

With the announcement that Windows 8 has been released to manufacturing (RTM) and will be available for customers to buy on October 26, now is the time to build apps. On August 15th, all developers can visit the Windows Dev Center to get access to all the tools and resources they need including the RTM…

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