Windows 8 app developer blog

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

March, 2013

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    Developing Windows Store games

    Windows 8 has changed the PC landscape with innovative form factors, new chip architectures, exciting commerce models and huge opportunities. PC games have long been a staple of the way computers are enjoyed. Now, more than ever, games exemplify the value of this new landscape of devices. Thanks to the Windows Store, games are easier to acquire, play, share with friends and update safely. It’s no wonder then that games account for such a large number of downloads, generate a lot of revenue, and drive...
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    Alive with Activity, Part 3: Push notifications and Windows Azure Mobile Services

    In Part 1 of this series we explored what “aliveness” means to a user and how apps participate in creating that experience. In Part 2 we looked at how to write and debug web services to support periodic updates for live tiles. Here in Part 3 we’ll complete the story by understanding how to deliver tile updates, toasts, and raw notifications to specific client devices on demand through the Windows Push Notification Service (WNS), and how Windows Azure Mobile Services simplifies the whole process....
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    Alive with activity, part 2: Writing and debugging services for live tiles

    In Part 1 of this series we explored the nature of tile updates, badge updates, and toast notifications that bring a sense of “aliveness” to the overall user experience of Windows 8. In particular, we saw how these notifications are composed with XML payloads that are then issued locally, from a running app or a background task, or can be supplied upon request by an online service. Generating an XML payload and issuing it from a running app is something you can easily develop and debug within an...
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