Windows Platform Developer August Updates | Building Apps For Windows

Visual Studio 2013 Update 3 While todays Visual Studio Update contains a whole lot of productivity goodness for the Microsoft developer (see Somas blog post for more details ), Id like to call out three new capabilities available that improve the Windows app building experience: You can now use a Push Notification wizard to connect your Windows app (client or phone) to a .NET Azure Mobile Service. Sockets are now available for you to use in your Windows apps, adding another networking option for your WinRT-based apps DirectX graphical debugging tooling improvements help DX devs be more productive including some bug fixes and the addition of a command line tool in the DX remote MSI package to allow for capturing a graphics trace on a remote system without having to install the entire Windows SDK or Visual Studio. To get Update 3, head on over to the Visual Studio download page . Windows Phone 8.1 Update Today, we are also making Windows Phone 8.1 Update available to our developers, both via emulator packages and a physical phone update. Todays update continues the Windows Phone tradition of making phone updates available ahead of general consumer availability, and providing you with the opportunity to test your apps and games with the update before your customers start doing so. As shown off by JoeB last week, theres a ton of end-user goodness in the update (check out Joes Update 1 post for more info). However, youre a developer, and youre likely wondering whats in the update for you. Overall, the update contains no new developer APIs, but it does contain a number of OS improvements that are sure to improve the overall experience your customers will have with your app. Here are three Update 1 improvements that I believe are worth calling out: Consumer VPN support brings peace of mind to phone users wanting to access an apps backend services in a safe and secure manner. There are a number of Bluetooth connectivity improvements in the update, improving the BT integration with cars and headsets, and weve added a new Bluetooth Personal Area Network (PAN) profile. Also of note on the BT-front, the team has added some additional APIs for device manufacturers to make it easier to build companion apps for their devices and to enable notifications to be more easily pushed from the phone to a wearable device. On the user start screen, the Store app now sports a live tile to help developers get discovered and installed more often, and the new Live Folders capability should help make it easier for you to be found and launched. To grab the bits and start seeing how your app runs on the update: You can now download the Windows Phone 8.1 Update emulator package from the Windows Dev Center download page . To update your phone to the Windows Phone 8.1 Update, youll need to use the Windows Phone Preview for Developers program . Once your phone is opted in, you need to go into Settings | Phone update and check for an update; if youre not seeing the update, verify that the Preview for Developers app is installed and that the Enable Preview for Developers checkbox is selected.
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