Dealing with Documents: How (not) to use the documentsLibrary capability in Windows Store apps

Many people posting in the forums express confusion over the documentsLibrary capability’s “Special Use” categorization. This capability is highly restricted and not intended for general use, and apps which try to use it generally will fail certification. While the requirements that business accounts are required to declare the Special Use capabilities and that only specifically declared…


Looking back to understand the future: OpenFileDialog vs. FileOpenPicker

Most of us are familiar with the standard .NET OpenFileDialog object. With the introduction of Windows 8 Store apps the OpenFileDialog has gotten a facelift, a simplified API and yet somehow it’s still not quite the same. The new FileOpenPicker (or Picker) has been the subject of much mystery and confusion on the MSDN forums….