Windows Store app projects stopped generating the .appxupload file after installing VS 2015 Update 1

Problem A few people have noticed that their Windows Store app projects stopped generating the .appxupload file after upgrading to VisualStudio 2015 Update 1.   CauseThe project is not associated with the Store app.The StoreAssociation file path is missing from the respective project .csproj file. Either one of these causes listed above can stop the…


How to apply an “Opacity Mask” to an image by mixing XAML and Direct2D

If you are a XAML graphics dev you may be lamenting the fact that in Windows Store 8.x apps the “opacity mask” property is conspicuously missing from the XAML image based controls. This is an unfortunate omission because there really isn’t an easy way to facilitate the opacity mask functionality using XAML alone. Let’s take…


Developing an app for both Windows Store and Windows Phone 8 platforms

This article surveys various approaches in porting an application for use in the Windows Store and Windows Phone platforms. The Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8 – building together article identifies some benefits of this approach. You can plan in advance to ensure that the programming technologies that you use are compatible in the desired…


Mixed Media – Audio & Video – Windows Store vs. Windows Phone 8

As everyone knows, with the release of Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 we have brought the two platforms closer together than ever before. The keyword here is “closer”. There are still some fairly major implementation and terminology differences between the two platforms particularly when working with digital audio and video. Hopefully this article will…


Skip the path: stick to the StorageFile

To build user confidence, a user’s files are protected from arbitrary access by Windows Store apps. This has produced a large number of threads in the Windows Store apps Forums from developers who are used to having full access to the file system and who don’t expect to need the user’s permission to view or…


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….


Consuming a WCF Service from a “Windows Runtime Component” project type is a limited supported scenario particularly with the usage of XmlSerializer.

Background: Consider the following scenario. You are developing a Windows Store app and need to consume a WCF Service. The most common approach of consuming a WCF service and using the .NET framework is to create a managed Windows Store app based on the C# or VB.Net language.   Additionally, Visual Studio 2012 also provides…


Welcome to Windows Store Developer Solutions

Welcome to the Windows Store Developer Solutions blog! Why another Windows 8 blog? There is already a ton of great information out there on MSDN Docs, Channel 9, and even the Windows Store for Developers blog. They provide the information critical to building great, attractive apps. Our job is to provide solutions. A good solution requires…

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