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Windows 8 app developer blog

Insights on building Windows Store apps by the Windows 8 engineering team
  • Blog Post: Building your own Windows Runtime components to deliver great Metro style apps

    For Windows 8, we completely reimagined the platform, allowing you to choose the programming language and technologies you already know to build apps tailored to the device and form factor. With the Windows Runtime, you can even easily use multiple languages within a single app. You can build a great...
  • Blog Post: Using HTML controls to create great Metro style apps

    With Windows 8, you can use HTML to build Metro style apps. What you might not realize is that by using HTML controls directly, you automatically get the new Windows 8 experience. We have done work in HTML so that you can build industrial strength apps that have touch capability while still maintaining...
  • Blog Post: Testing Metro style apps in Windows 8

    In the world of Metro style apps, your apps are the focus of the whole experience. For this experience to be delightful to your users, you want to ensure that your apps are well tested and represent a high level of quality. Producing a Metro style app involves four main stages: design, development, testing...
  • Blog Post: Modernizing input in Windows 8

    In Windows 8, we set out to modernize our input platform. We wanted to make sure that developing for it became more straightforward, but also to build a foundation that can grow and support new input modalities as Windows and apps evolve. To do this, we went back to basics and focused on core principles...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Being productive in the background – background tasks

    In my previous post ( Being productive in the background ), I explained the Windows 8 background model and how your app can be productive even when it’s not on screen in a power efficient manner. In today’s post, I will talk about background tasks and how your app can run code in the background even...
  • Blog Post: Being productive when your app is offscreen

    In the Managing app lifecycle post, Adam Barrus described the new app lifecycle introduced in Windows 8. The most common question we hear is “what if my app has to do something important when it is not on screen, for example, download a file or email or play music”? In this two part series, I’ll tell...
  • Blog Post: Fast and fluid animations in your Metro style app

    Fast and fluid animations bring apps to life. In Windows 8 Consumer Preview, you will notice that animations are an integral part of the user experience. When you log in to your PC, the items in the Start menu animate in. When you launch an immersive app or zoom into the Start menu, the experience is...
  • Blog Post: Getting the most out of your pixels - adapting to view state changes

    In Windows 8, your apps run on a variety of screen sizes and under various view states. A user might have your app snapped to the side of a 25-inch desktop monitor, or fill the whole screen of a 10-inch widescreen tablet. In each case, you want your app to take full advantage of the available space....
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