Windows 8 app developer blog

Insights on building Windows Store apps by the Windows 8 engineering team

June, 2012

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    Best practices when adding single sign-on to your app with the Live SDK

    A few months ago I wrote about how to bring single sign-on and SkyDrive to your Windows 8 apps with the Live SDK . Since then we made the Windows 8 Release Preview publicly available and we’ve begun to see some inconsistency in the design patterns forming in how apps expose entry points for users to sign in, connect accounts or sign-out of their experience. To help you with these design patterns, we put together some guidelines for apps that want to use a user’s Microsoft account. In this post I...
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    The Windows 8 Dev Center: Everything you need to design, build, and sell a Metro style app

    For Windows 8, we completely reimagined not just the platform, but also how we share app development info with you. Launched 9 months ago, the Windows Dev Center is the one place where you can find all the info and resources you need to get going. Whether you’re new to development, seeking inspiration for the next great app, or you’re simply stuck and need help, you can find it here. We talked to many developers, and heard a lot about how difficult it could be to find the right info in the MSDN Library...
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    Exposing .NET tasks as WinRT asynchronous operations

    In the blog post Diving Deep with Await and WinRT , we discussed the new async and await keywords in C# and Visual Basic and how you can use them to consume Windows Runtime (WinRT) asynchronous operations. With some assistance from the .NET Base Class Libraries (BCL), you can also use these keywords to develop asynchronous operations that are then exposed via WinRT for other components built in other languages to consume. In this post, we’ll explore how to do so. (For overall details on implementing...
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    Windows 8 UX fundamentals–free virtual training

    Metro style apps are the focal point of the user experience on Windows 8 Release Preview. Great Metro style apps share an important set of design traits that provide a consistent, elegant, and compelling user experience. With the first apps in the Windows Store, it’s exciting to see app designers begin to push the boundaries of the Metro style design principles on Windows 8. There’s plenty of innovation and beautiful apps to come. If you are a developer or designer creating a new user experience...
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