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Exam Ref 70-484: Essentials of Developing Windows Store Apps Using C# by Indrajit Chakrabarty

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Objective 2.2: Design for charms and contracts

Microsoft design style emphasizes the “content over chrome” principle, which minimizes distractions for the user. A well-designed app should provide the user with an easy way to perform actions to interact with the app. Actions that are less frequently used, such as search and share or changing the settings of the app, are placed in the charms bar.

Windows Store apps can integrate actions provided by the charms bar such as search, share, connect to devices for printing or streaming media, or display application settings. The UI presented through the charms bar is placed on top of the app, so any UI elements below it will be hidden.

The Search, Share Target, and Play To contracts are exposed in a Windows ...

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