Universal Windows Apps – Reuse Code Assets with Universal Windows Apps

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In this article, I’ll share information that will help you get up to speed on the new universal Windows app capabilities found in Visual Studio 2013, including templates, languages, APIs, compilers, different approaches for code sharing, and considerations when updating platform-specific apps to universal Windows apps.

via Universal Windows Apps – Reuse Code Assets with Universal Windows Apps.

Free eBook: Location Intelligence for Windows Store Apps (with code samples)

http://www.lulu.com/shop/ricky-brundritt/location-intelligence-for-windows-store-apps/ebook/product-21468807.html

Table of Contents

  • Chapter 1: Getting Started
  • Chapter 2: The Sensor and Location Platform
  • Chapter 3: Bing Maps JavaScript API
  • Chapter 4: Bing Maps Native API
  • Chapter 5: Bing Maps REST Services
  • Chapter 6: Bing Spatial Data Services
  • Chapter 7: Working with Spatial Data
  • Chapter 8: Drawing on the Map
  • Chapter 9: Creating an Augmented Reality App
  • Chapter 10: Creating a Templatable Compass Control
  • Chapter 11: Cross Platform Development

Microsoft: More than 200 million Windows 8 licenses sold | ZDNet

“Windows 8 has surpassed 200 million licenses sold, and we continue to see momentum. This number includes Windows licenses that ship on a new tablet or PC, as well as upgrades to Windows 8. The figure does not include volume license sales to enterprise. Windows is a central part of life for more than 1.5 billion people around the world, and we are looking forward to the future.”

via Microsoft: More than 200 million Windows 8 licenses sold | ZDNet.

Patterns & practices client architecture guidance – Just released Prism for the Windows Runtime on Windows 8.1

We are pleased to announce that we just released Prism for Windows 8.1. Prism helps developers who want to create a Windows Store business app using C#, XAML, the Windows Runtime, and development patterns such as Model-View-ViewModel (MVVM) and event aggregation. Prism includes two libraries, a reference implementation called AdventureWorks Shopper, Quickstarts and associated documentation. This is an update from the version released in May for Windows 8. The guidance demonstrates: How to implement pages, touch, navigation, settings, suspend/resume, search, tiles, and tile notifications. How to implement the Model-View-ViewModel (MVVM) pattern. How to validate user input for correctness. How to manage application data. How to test your app and tune its performance.

via Just released Prism for the Windows Runtime on Windows 8.1 – Blaine Wastell – patterns & practices client architecture guidance – Site Home – MSDN Blogs.

Useful Links: Designing and Development for Windows 8

>>> Kudos to Chris Bernard who produced this list – May help find rapidly a few design guidelines for Windows 8

Inspiration

Meet Windows Store Apps
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/apps/hh974576.aspx

App Gallery
http://windesigngallery.azurewebsites.net/

UX and UX Updates

Summary
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/apps/bg182890.aspx

Covers…

  • Resizable windows
  • Tile updates
  • Search updates
  • Charms work on every screen
  • Integrate with people and events
  • Speech synthesis
  • Alarm app support on the lock screen
  • Updates to work-item scheduling

 

Envisioning

Defining Vision
http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/windows/apps/hh465427.aspx

Responsive Design and Form Factors
http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/windows/apps/hh465400.aspx

Migration Design
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/apps/dn439353

Website to App
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/apps/hh868264

iPad to App
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/apps/hh868262

Windows 8.0 to 8.1
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/apps/dn263113
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/apps/dn376326.aspx

Category Idea Books
http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/windows/apps/hh868274

Covers…

  • LOB
  • Enterprise
  • Finance
  • Medical: In Patient
  • Health: Administration
  • Retail Apps: Social CRM
  • Games
  • Entertainment Apps
  • News Apps
  • Productivity Apps
  • Sports App
  • Shopping Apps
  • Travel Apps
  • Education Apps
  • Health & Fitness Apps

UX Guidelines

Index of UX Guidelines
http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/windows/apps/hh465424.aspx

Covers…

New

Instructional UI
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/apps/dn440595.aspx

Command Patterns
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/apps/hh761499.aspx

Navigation Patterns
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/apps/hh761500.aspx

Also…

  • Layout and navigation
  • Layout and commanding
  • Layout and page design
    • Laying out an app page
  • Animations
    • Drag
    • Edge-based animations
    • List animations
    • Content transition animations
    • Page transition animations
    • Transient UI animations
    • UI animations
  • Touch interaction
    • Touch interaction design
    • General user interaction guidance
    • Touch targeting
    • Visual feedback
    • Semantic Zoom
    • Swipe and cross-slide
    • Optical zoom and resizing
    • Panning
    • Rotation
    • Selecting text and images
    • Mouse interaction
    • Keyboard interaction
    • Pen interaction
    • Touchpad interaction
  • Scaling
    • Flexible layouts
    • Window resizing
    • Scaling to screens
    • Scaling to pixel density
  • Contract, charms and capabilities
    • App contracts
    • Global search
    • Share and data exchange
    • File pickers
    • Location-awareness
    • Print dialog
    • Proximity gestures
    • Multimedia
  • Tiles and notifications
    • App tiles and secondary tiles
    • Notifications
  • Commands
    • App bars
    • Nav bars
    • Buttons
    • Check boxes
    • Radio buttons
    • Toggle switches
    • Search box
    • Sliders
    • Rating controls
    • Select control
    • Time pickers
    • Login controls
  • Navigation
    • SemanticZoom
    • FlipView
    • ListView
    • Links
  • Transient UI
    • Flyouts
    • Message dialogs
    • Context menus
    • Tooltips
    • Progress controls
  • Images
    • Thumbnails
  • Text and input
    • Fonts
    • Text boxes
    • Login controls
    • Spell checking
    • On-screen touch keyboard
  • Roaming
  • Settings
  • Single sign-on
  • Fundamental app features
    • Splash screen
    • Suspend and resume app state
    • Auto-launching and “Open With”
    • Globalization, localization and app resources
    • Accessibility
    • App help
    • Store categories

Application Certification
http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/windows/apps/hh694083.aspx

Downloads
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/apps/bg125377

Covers…

  • PSD Templates
  • Human Interface Guidelines in a Downloadable PDF
  • Balsamic Templates

Controls

Covers…

  • Hub control
  • Navigation bar (top app bar)
  • Command bar (bottom app bar)
  • Search box
  • List view

 

Visual Identity

Modern Design
http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/windows/apps/hh781237.aspx

Brand
http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/windows/apps/hh465418.aspx

Layout and composition
http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/windows/apps/dn439352.aspx

Motion
http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/windows/apps/dn465804.aspx

Type
http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/windows/apps/dn439354.aspx

Icons
http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/windows/apps/dn439350.aspx

Color
http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/windows/apps/dn439319.aspx

Charms and contracts
http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/windows/apps/dn468030.aspx

Edges
http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/windows/apps/dn468031.aspx

Live tiles
http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/windows/apps/dn468032.aspx

Semantic zoom
http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/windows/apps/dn468034.aspx

Splash screen
http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/windows/apps/dn468035.aspx

Navigation
http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/windows/apps/hh761500.aspx

Windows 8.1 RTM sees over 2 million downloads by developers in just 24 hours | WinBeta

…and the last post about numbers today – So, you have a got picture of the situation 🙂

During the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) this week, Microsoft’s Tami Reller revealed that Windows 8.1 RTM has seen over two million downloads by developers in just 24 hours. Windows 8.1 RTM was released to TechNet and MSDN for app developers to get an early start at developing their apps for the new operating system update scheduled to roll out October 17th/18th.

via Windows 8.1 RTM sees over 2 million downloads by developers in just 24 hours | WinBeta.

Windows 8 rockets to 7.41% market share as Windows XP falls below 35% mark – The Next Web

Already a few weeks old (data end of August)…

The latest market share data from Net Applications shows that August 2013 was a massive one for Windows 8, which gained 2.01 percentage points (from 5.40 percent to 7.41 percent) while Windows 7 recovered 1.14 percentage points (from 44.49 percent to 45.63 percent).

via Windows 8 rockets to 7.41% market share as Windows XP falls below 35% mark – The Next Web.