How to create Windows Store Apps (All-in-one guide)
If you want to become a Windows developer, you are probably wondering how to create Windows 10 UWP apps. Well, look no further than this article as we have compiled the best tools and resources you might need to do it.
And your help will certainly be appreciated, by both Microsoft and Windows 10 users. As you probably know, despite the increasing number of apps in the Store, Microsoft still struggles to attract developers into developing more useful apps. That situation has made developing Windows 10 apps a risky business. So, deciding to dive in is a brave move, and kudos for that!
Developers from all over the world, unite and start making Windows 10 great again!
Microsoft explains how to create Windows 10 applications
First of all, before starting to work your a$$ on wonderful Windows 10 applications, you’ll need a Developer account. Sign up here to get you started. You wonder why you should develop Windows 10 applications? Well, how about this – you’ll get 70% from all the sales your apps make and if the amount surpasses $25,000, then it will be increased to 80%. So, what are you waiting for? We will enlist the resources and steps that will help you do that.
Tools to create Windows Store apps
- Windows 10 SDK
- Remote Tools for Visual Studio
- Windows 10 Ads in Apps SDK
- Design assets
- Hands-on labs for Windows
Steps you need to take to be able to make Windows 10 applications
I think these are the tools that any starting Windows 10 developer would need to create Windows 10 applications. But if you think you need more, then head over this page and pick what more you think you’ll need. Sadly, I’m not a developer myself, but I would love to know how to create some beautiful Windows 10 applications that people would love. For example, you might also need the Bings Maps SDK or the Windows Azure mobile services. Now that you’ve got your developer downloads for programming Windows Store apps.
Get your free developer license
Basically, step one has been the download of all the free tools from above. If you’ve done that, now you need to Run Visual Studio to get a developer license. To be able to test and to create apps suitable for Windows Store (Windows 10), you need first to get a license, which is free. Here’s how Microsoft tries to convince you to create apps for their Windows Store:
“Windows gives you the tools and capabilities to build modern experiences that empower your customers to do more. The Universal Windows Platform (UWP) lets you create a single app package that can run on a wide range of devices. And the Windows Store provides a unified distribution channel you’ll use to safely reach customers worldwide.”
Learn some tutorials
- C# or Visual Basic with XAML: Create your first Windows Store app using C# or Visual Basic
- C++ with XAML: Create your first Windows Store app using C++
Plan and design your apps
Basically, this is what the users will see and this matters A LOT. Here’s what Microsft says about this:
“When planning your Universal Windows Platform (UWP) app, you should determine not only what your app will do and who it’s for, but also what your app will be great at. At the core of every great app is a strong concept that provides a solid foundation.
Say you want to create a photo app. Thinking about the reasons users work with, save, and share their photos, you’ll realize that they want to relive memories, connect with others through the photos, and keep the photos safe. These, then, are the things that you want the app to be great at, and you use these experience goals to guide you through the rest of the design process.”
And here are the tutorials that you need to learn:
- Planning Windows Store apps
- Windows app certification requirements
- Design guidance for Windows Store apps
Develop your Windows 10 UWP app
Method 1 – Do it the old fashioned way
This is, of course, the best method if you actually want to learn some programming and design. It’s the hardest way, but also the most rewarding way. As it gives you more freedom than any other method. Some would even say that this is the only ‘legit’ way to build apps and games. You will learn how to create a User Interface (UI), how to create and update tiles, how to search and share with other apps and how to use devices and sensors.
- Create the UI
- Search and share with other apps
- Create and update tiles
Quickstart: Creating a default tile
Quickstart: Configuring a secondary tile
Quickstart: Toast notifications
Quickstart: Choose a notification delivery method
Quickstart: Windows Push Notification Services (WNS)
- Use devices and sensors
Method 2 – Use UWP Converter
If you’re already a developer, and have a developed Win32 app for Windows, there’s a way to convert it to the UWP format. Microsoft recently introduced its new Desktop Bridge, which allows you to convert your ‘old’ apps to the new format. That way, you’ll be able to cover a bigger market, including Windows 10 Mobile and newly introduced Windows 10 S.
You can find everything you need to know about Windows 10 UWP converter here.
Method 3 – Use App Studio
And finally, perhaps the simplest way to make Windows 10 apps. According to Microsoft, using Windows App Studio requires no coding knowledge, and is, therefore, suitable for a large variety of users. Windows App Studio uses a simple visual method for creating apps, so you just basically need to put all pieces together, and you’ll have yourself a nice app for the Windows Store.
Unfortunately, Windows App Studio isn’t as advanced as Visual Studio, so you won’t be able to implement all features that you think of. But, if you’re just starting with Windows 10 apps development, this tool is perfect to begin with, and get to know the whole concept of creating apps.
Here’s what Microsoft says about Windows App Studio:
“You’ve been thinking about building an app for a while now, you want share your content and interests with the world, but you just don’t have enough time and even if you did, where would you start?
The answer is Windows App Studio. A free, online app creation tool that allows you to quickly build Windows apps to publish, test, and share. Make changes, add content, and toggle between different device views to watch your app come alive.”
You can find anything you need to get started with Windows App Studio on this link.
Important update Microsoft announced App Studio will be shut down on 1st December 2017.
Sell your apps
Well, that’s about it. These are the tutorials, steps and tools that you need to use in order to be able to create interesting Windows 8 or Windows Store applications that will appeal to users. Get your coding on, developers! I hope this has proven helpful to you.
I hope that you have followed all these advice on how to create Windows 10 apps and you will apply them. If you know other valuable resources, let us know by leaving your comment below.
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in October, 2012 and has been since updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.
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