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Chapter 17

Windows Store Apps

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN IN THIS CHAPTER

  • What a Windows 8 developer license is and how to get one
  • The options you have for creating Windows Store apps
  • How to develop Windows Store apps using XAML and C#
  • What possible page and application types are available to you in Visual Studio and how to use them
  • How to acquire and use a Windows Store account

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Windows Store apps is the new hot topic for Windows Developers all over the world. With the release of Windows 8, Microsoft is taking a huge leap from targeting the desktop and laptop computers almost exclusively toward becoming a real player on the market for tablet PCs and smartphones. Windows 8 ships with a new API for developing apps, a Windows Store that allows users to download apps in a secure and predictable way. At the same time, this new type of app makes it much easier for developers to reach their potential customers.

At the heart of the Windows Store is the Windows Store application. This chapter explores what that is and how you can develop applications using Visual C# and XAML.

GETTING STARTED

Writing Windows Store apps requires a few initial steps before you can get going. Because it is useful to be able to see some ...

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