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  • Blog Post: Links to the 45 or so Windows 8 development blog posts

    I have listed here a link to my blogs that repeat what is in the WACK test result document, but seemed like a good idea to break out into individual blog posts that I will then use to write a series of blog posts on Windows 8 development. Also, if you are building an application for Windows 8, and...
  • Blog Post: Design item Metro App for Windows 8: Is your app accessible?

    Is the App Accessible Writing an accessible app can help you reach more customers. The platform controls already do a lot of the work needed for your app to be accessible. You should become familiar with the basic accessibility requirements and decide if you want to reach out to this audience. If you...
  • Blog Post: Design item Metro App for Windows 8: PERFORMANCE - Background Tasks

    This is one of the items that is tested in your Windows 8 App when you use the WACK. If you are in Southern California, please email this post for more information on getting a token for your app by June 30, 2012!   Respects allotted timeslots assigned by background tasks Apps that run in the background...
  • Blog Post: Design item Metro App for Windows 8: PERFORMANCE – Network

        This is one of the items that is tested in your Windows 8 App when you use the WACK. If you are in Southern California, please email this post for more information on getting a token for your app by June 30, 2012!   Manages network resources appropriately Even though network operations...
  • Blog Post: Design item Metro App for Windows 8: PERFORMANCE – Memory

        This is one of the items that is tested in your Windows 8 App when you use the WACK. If you are in Southern California, please email this post for more information on getting a token for your app by June 30, 2012!   Manages its memory working set to desired targets Most of the time...
  • Blog Post: Design item Metro App for Windows 8: Take advantage of bytecode caching

        This is one of the items that is tested in your Windows 8 App when you use the WACK. If you are in Southern California, please email these posts for more information on getting a token for your app by June 30, 2012!   Bytecode caching This optimization is applicable only to Metro style...
  • Blog Post: Design item Metro App for Windows 8: PERFORMANCE – Startup

        This is one of the items that is tested in your Windows 8 App when you use the WACK. If you are in Southern California, please email this post for more information on getting a token for your app by June 30, 2012!   First page must load in < 5 seconds. First impressions are critical...
  • Blog Post: Design item Metro App for Windows 8: PERFORMANCE - Cache & Local Data

        This is one of the items that is tested in your Windows 8 App when you use the WACK. If you are in Southern California, please email this post for more information on getting a token for your app by June 30, 2012!   Rely on local, packaged content as much as possible Local assets ...
  • Blog Post: Design item Metro App for Windows 8: Suspends and resumes in allotted times

    This is one of the items that is tested in your Windows 8 App when you use the WACK. If you are in Southern California, please email these posts for more information on getting a token for your app by June 30, 2012!   Suspends and resumes in allotted times An application has five seconds to save...
  • Blog Post: Design item Metro App for Windows 8: PERFORMANCE – Lifecycle

    This is one of the items that is tested in your Windows 8 App when you use the WACK. If you are in Southern California, please email these posts for more information on getting a token for your app by June 30, 2012!   Optimize your suspend and resume handlers The suspend and resume PLM events will...
  • Blog Post: Design item Metro App for Windows 8: PERFORMANCE – Animation

    This is one of the items that is tested in your Windows 8 App when you use the WACK. If you are in Southern California, please email this post for more information on getting a token for your app by June 30, 2012!   Animation Performance: Sustains 60 frames per second Fast and fluid applications...
  • Blog Post: Design item Metro App for Windows 8: UI is always responsive and provides visual feedback on interactions

    PERFORMANCE   This is one of the items that is tested in your Windows 8 App when you use the WACK. If you are in Southern California, please email these posts for more information on getting a token for your app by June 30, 2012!   Your UI should always be responsive and always provide visual...
  • Blog Post: Design item Metro App for Windows 8: Passes the Windows App Certification Kit (WACK) tests

      This is one of the items that is tested in your Windows 8 App when you use the WACK. If you are in Southern California, please email this post for more information on getting a token for your app by June 30, 2012!   Passes the Windows App Certification Kit (WACK) tests To give your app the...
  • Blog Post: Design item Metro App for Windows 8: Properly handles activation from contracts, secondary tiles, and notifications

    This is one of the items that is tested in your Windows 8 App when you use the WACK. If you are in Southern California, please email these posts for more information on getting a token for your app by June 30, 2012!   Properly handles activation from contracts, secondary tiles, and notifications...
  • Blog Post: Design item Metro App for Windows 8: STORE

      This is one of the items that was tested in your Windows 8 App when you use the WACK. If you are in Southern California, please email this post for more information on getting a token for your app by June 30, 2012!   Expected to pass the Windows 8 App certification requirements. The application...
  • Blog Post: Design item Metro App for Windows 8: Uses toast notifications for time sensitive, relevant information

    This is one of the items that is tested in your Windows 8 App when you use the WACK. If you are in Southern California, please email this post for more information on getting a token for your app by June 30, 2012!   Toast Notifications Toast notifications should be used for relevant and time sensitive...
  • Blog Post: Design item Metro App for Windows 8: Has a live tile or a secondary tile

        This is one of the items that is tested in your Windows 8 App when you use the WACK. If you are in Southern California, please email this post for more information on getting a token for your app by June 30, 2012!   If you want your app to stand-out, liven up your tile and leverage...
  • Blog Post: Design item Metro App for Windows 8: USER EXPERIENCE - Titles and Notifications

        This is one of the items that is tested in your Windows 8 App when you use the WACK. If you are in Southern California, please email these posts for more information on getting a token for your app by June 30, 2012!   Has a beautiful, branded tile There is a bit to consider when designing...
  • Blog Post: Design item Metro App for Windows 8: USER EXPERIENCE – Networking

        This is one of the items that is tested in your Windows 8 App when you use the WACK. If you are in Southern California, please email this post for more information on getting a token for your app by June 30, 2012!   Behaves well while off-line and while on intermittent network connectivity...
  • Blog Post: Design item Metro App for Windows 8: Makes appropriate use of background tasks

    This is one of the items that is tested in your Windows 8 App when you use the WACK. If you are in Southern California, please email this post for more information on getting a token for your app by June 30, 2012!   Background tasks Through background tasks, Metro style apps can run while suspended...
  • Blog Post: Design item Metro App for Windows 8: USER EXPERIENCE – PLM

        This is one of the items that is tested in your Windows 8 App when you use the WACK. If you are in Southern California, please email this post for more information on getting a token for your app by June 30, 2012! Metro, Metro Design, Windows 8, User Experience Handles PLM states appropriately...
  • Blog Post: Design item Metro App for Windows 8: Has beautifully branded contracts UI

        This is one of the items that is tested in your Windows 8 App when you use the WACK. If you are in Southern California, please email this post for more information on getting a token for your app by June 30, 2012!   Beautifully Branded Contracts UI Sometimes we see beautifully designed...
  • Blog Post: Design item Metro App for Windows 8: Implements share target contract

        This is one of the items that is tested in your Windows 8 App when you use the WACK. If you are in Southern California, please email this post for more information on getting a token for your app by June 30, 2012!   Users will always have information they want to share. If your app...
  • Blog Post: Design item Metro App for Windows 8: USER EXPERIENCE - Contracts

        This is one of the items that is tested in your Windows 8 App when you use the WACK. If you are in Southern California, please email this posts for more information on getting a token for your app by June 30, 2012!   Implements search contract The search contract lets your users search...
  • Blog Post: Design item Metro App for Windows 8: Has a great sign-in/sign-out experience

    This is one of the items that is tested in your Windows 8 App when you use the WACK. If you are in Southern California, please email this post for more information on getting a token for your app by June 30, 2012!   If your application requires that users sign-in to enable certain functionality...
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