Had a great time at //BUILD 2018 May 7-9, talking about MSIX for app packaging and deployment on Windows 10. Lots of great and helpful feedback received. Before you go watch the recording of my session, be sure to check out John Vintzel’s and Nona Sirakova’s overview session MSIX – Inside & Out as well – then view Dian Hartono’s and mine session for the additional details:
Before BUILD I had the opportunity to be on the On .NET show to talk about what’s new for .NET Windows client app developers. We are covering the VS Packaging Project for WPF/Winform apps, as well as the Windows Template Studio for getting started quickly with UWP on Windows 10:
Had a great time last week at Microsoft Ignite 2017, meeting many customers, partners and friends. I was glad to have the opportunity to present a session about UWP app development with Ginny Caughey as my co-presenter. Thank you Ginny for all the great work!
I have also put my Org Tracker Demo into the Windows Store, if you don’t want to build it from source code. You need to be on Windows 10 build 16278 or later (Fall Creators Update) in order to install and run it. Click the badge to install:
Here is a list of other great Ignite sessions related to UWP & client app development:
I had a great time at BUILD this year, presenting with Ginny Caughey on building PC applications for Windows 10 with UWP. Ginny did amazing work creating and demonstrating the samples, and providing the perspective of Windows LOB app developers. We have received good feedback and questions after the session, please keep it coming here in the comments!
In the session we are addressing a number of gaps and myths specifically around using UWP for your desktop PC app development projects. If you haven’t seen it yet, please check out the link below and let us know your thoughts.
There is so much more in UWP that we wanted to show, but couldn’t fit into the ~50min time limit at BUILD2017. I will make an effort to get the pieces we didn’t cover in the session out on this blog in the coming weeks, and on GitHub with code samples. Also see below for a rough timeline on when the various parts we have shown will become available.
Coming next– the command line activation and auto-launch extensions should be coming out to Windows Insiders in the next few weeks. Expect an update here on this blog and a sample on GitHub in the first half of June.
Multi-instancing– we are still designing this feature. I will have a separate update with details on this topic here as well.
SQLClient in UWP– this was Ginny’s final demo in the session, showing the UWP app accessing the SQLClient APIs directly, without Desktop Bridge – thanks to the amazing .NET Standard 2.0 work. We will share this sample on GitHub as soon as the bits from Windows, .NET and SQL are available for Insiders to consume. Stay tuned … !
I am happy to announce that the Microsoft Virtual Academy training course, Developer’s Guide to the Desktop Bridge, is now available on demand.
This video course, delivered by the Desktop Bridge Program Management team, aims to help developers understand the concepts and benefits of the Desktop Bridge tooling in the Windows 10 Universal Windows Platform. Watch the video and find the relevant sample code here to start bringing your desktop apps to the Windows Store and to take advantage of new Windows 10 features of the Universal Windows Platform in your WPF, WinForms, MFC or other type of Win32 apps.
Do you want to distribute your desktop application in the Windows Store? We cover that in the course. Do you want to take advantage of modern Windows 10 app-to-app features in your existing desktop application? We cover that in the course. Do you want to light-up Windows 10 features, and still distribute your app to Windows 7 users? We cover that, too. Modernizing your desktop app gradually with UWP components? We cover all of these and more in the course.
There are eight modules in this course:
1. Intro to the Desktop Bridge
2. Desktop App Converter
3. Debugging and Testing Your Converted Apps
4. Distributing Your Converted Apps
5. Enhancing Desktop Applications with UWP Features
6. Extending and Modernizing with UWP components
7. What’s Next for the Desktop Bridge
8. Post-Course Survey