Now ready for you: Windows 8.1 and the Windows Store

Now ready for you: Windows 8.1 and the Windows Store

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With today’s announcement of Windows 8.1 and Visual Studio 2013 availability, we’re also excited to announce that the Windows Store is now open for submitting apps targeting Windows 8.1.

Publishing your apps to the Windows Store for Windows 8.1

For those of you who started working on your app with our Preview versions, you’ll first need to update your Preview environment to today’s release versions of Windows 8.1 and Visual Studio 2013. Packages built on prerelease versions won’t be accepted into the Store. For apps written in HTML/JavaScript, check out our recent blog post with more specifics to help you target the release build of Windows 8.1.

If you already have an app in the Store for Windows 8 users, you’ll want to check out our info on retargeting your app. You can import your existing project into Visual Studio and make changes as needed to take advantage of the new features in Windows 8.1. After you’ve finished building, it’s easy to add your Windows 8.1 packages to your current app so that customers who’ve upgraded to Windows 8.1 see the latest version of your app. (Of course, you can also continue to update your Windows 8 apps as needed.)

For those new to the platform, take a look around the Windows Dev Center for all the resources you need to get started. You can learn what Windows Store apps are all about and get up to speed on the basics of app development. We even have content that’s specifically written to help you ramp up quickly if you’re already familiar with building apps for iOS or building apps for Android.

Recapping Windows 8.1 platform improvements

We started talking about many of the Windows 8.1 platform features back in late June at our Build conference. Here are just a few of the new platform features and benefits that will help you build better apps and drive deeper engagement with your customers.

  • Overall platform performance improvements to our supported programming languages (C#, C++, JavaScript, or VB) and presentation technologies (XAML, HTML, or DirectX)
  • Improvements to the XAML and HTML controls, and new Hub and WebView controls
  • Tiles on the Start screen now support two additional sizes, bringing the total up to four
  • More powerful multitasking capabilities, with more than two apps onscreen at the same time; a single app can also use multiple windows
  • Improvements to DirectX, as you may have read about earlier this week

We’ve also made improvements to the Windows Store to better connect your apps with customers and drive greater monetization.

  • All new Store layout providing better discovery and richer experience
  • Integration of Bing technologies to make recommendations more relevant
  • App packages can now be up to 8 gigabytes (great for visually rich apps and games)
  • App bundles optimize the distribution of Windows Store app resource packages to global customers
  • Windows Store support for in-app consumables and larger catalogs on in-app offers
  • Windows Store gift cards will launch this holiday to support purchases without credit cards
  • Windows Store apps now auto-update by default, so your customers will always be on the latest and greatest version of your app

As always, we have great free tools for you to work with. The new Visual Studio 2013 Express brings many new benefits to developing Windows Store apps, like improved UI test support, responsiveness testing, improved IntelliSense, new design capabilities including better support for CSS and JavaScript, as well as connecting to our free cloud offerings like Azure Mobile Services.

Windows 8.1 offers developers far more new functionality and opportunities than can be summed up in this blog post. We have lots more information on our Windows Dev Center and in our Windows 8.1 Product Guide for App Builders. We also have some great videos you can watch, like this interview with Joe Stegman, Group Program Manager for the UI platform.

As your customers start installing their free update to Windows 8.1, there’s no better time to update your app. We hope you’re as excited as we are about Windows 8.1 and Visual Studio 2013. Download the tools today and have fun building!

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  • Much awaited update ...

  • Im using a yoga too so theres no reason for this. Its seriously too late for the bing product, Just get rid of it, its not working. Also get rid of "windows" on the product names for windows phone and winrt@ http://onaplioa.com.vn

  • NSBlasi
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    I have tried to upgrade from windows 8 to 8.1. Ihave succesfuly downloadedd the file but after compatibility checking it started to install the thing end I got an ERROR. Saying something like installing windows 8.1 was not succesful ERROR CODE: 0xc0000005

    Can somebody solve this for me? I'd love to have windows blue.

  • Why do all the bing apps suck so much? Are they still HTML 5. Drop that crap and make them xaml again. They load super slow and the layout changes right as you click on something and it makes you click the wrong thing. You guys seriously need to drop the word bing and windows. My 55 yr old Mom just asked me to turn off bing as the default search on her iPad because it sucks so much and she "hates Bing" ALso none of the videos are able to play. Not the news one or the fitness one. This is embarrassing. Im using a yoga too so theres no reason for this. Its seriously too late for the bing product, Just get rid of it, its not working. Also get rid of "windows" on the product names for windows phone and winrt. People just think they have to take care of it if its called windows. Its time for a new stuff that accutally works. I'm disappointed with this update on my yoga. Makes me not want to use the touch screen mode beacuese its so slow and crapy. I think I'll develop for iPad now.

  • Why do all the bing apps suck so much? Are they still HTML 5. Drop that crap and make them xaml again. They load super slow and the layout changes right as you click on something and it makes you click the wrong thing. You guys seriously need to drop the word bing and windows. My 55 yr old Mom just asked me to turn off bing as the default search on her iPad because it sucks so much and she "hates Bing" ALso none of the videos are able to play. Not the news one or the fitness one. This is embarrassing. Im using a yoga too so theres no reason for this. Its seriously too late for the bing product, Just get rid of it, its not working. Also get rid of "windows" on the product names for windows phone and winrt. People just think they have to take care of it if its called windows. Its time for a new stuff that accutally works. I'm disappointed with this update on my yoga. Makes me not want to use the touch screen mode beacuese its so slow and crapy. I think I'll develop for iPad now.

  • I installed a clean WIN 8.1 preview from an ISO file, now I will have to reinstall WIN 8 to update to WIN 8.1.

    Why?

    Why just not update and let me enter my reg keys?

    I Will have to spend a whole day to do this with all my apps settings, files and directories :-/

  • bbahes
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    Using my limited user account i get:

    "You need to use account with Administrator privileges to install Windows 8.1, try logging in with the user account of an administrator of this PC and trying the update again."

    Using Administrator account i get:

    "Store can't be opened using the Built-in Administrator account. Sign in with a different account and try again."

  • bbahes
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    You have ruined nice update with forcing users to use Windows Store... I will not install this update using Windows Store. Make ISO file like all civilized companies.

  • Improv
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    Why are they not offering those who were with you from day one a bootable ISO we can install 8.1 with. I'm sorry but this is not how you treat your customers.

    1. I like clean installs. I do not want to install 8, then spend hours upgrading to 8.1. An installation media is cleaner and significantly faster.

    2. I tried to update via the windows store with my secondary rig. It was a nightmare process and by the time I was done I had crashed twice. I am not subjecting my high end rig to this terrible process.

    I do not meant to sound like a jerk here but for an entire year now all MS has done is create bad will by their policies. You think for once they'd do something right but nope.

    Heck, I remember when Vista SP1 came out. I was able to go to the MS site and grab a free Vista SP1 disc. All I had to do was pay for shipping. Do we even get this option now? No.

    This is the last time I ever buy any of your products day one. I am being punished for being a loyal customer.

    Sorry for the rant but this is how I feel. It's as if MS knows there are people who will only clean install therefore would be willing to shell out another 200 bucks for 8.1 Pro. It's greedy.

    For now I'm sticking with 8.0 for my primary rig. I refuse to do the upgrade method and I will not buy another copy. It is not fair that you are offering the iso for MSDN subscribers but everyone else screw them? Next time you release an OS I will not be there day one.

  • Enes
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    I don't want to update my WIN8. I want a clean start with WIN8.1. There is no ISO Filel. :( Where is it?