October 29, 2015 5:00 pm

Windows App Studio Release – Windows 10 Store Package support and other new features

The Windows App Studio Windows 10 Store Support Release is now available, allowing you to easily create and publish a universal Windows app in record time with no code required. This release builds on the foundation created with July’s App Studio Windows 10 Preview release. You can directly submit your app to the Store through Dev Center, now with no intermediate step in Visual Studio required. In addition, this release brings a host of other new features.

New Features:

Windows 10 Store Package with Screen Shots

Windows App Studio now generates a Store package for your Windows 10 apps, including automatically created screenshots for the Store listing.

Immersive Simulator (full screen web view)

No one wants to preview their app only in a tiny viewport. Included with this release is a big full screen simulator into Windows App Studio. Now it’s easy check out the app you’re building and interact with it in a full screen mode as you’re working on it.

Windows App Studio Collection App

Wouldn’t it be great if you could easily manage the contents of a collection for an app without making any update to the app itself? Now you can with the newly released Windows App Studio Collection App available here. This app lets you easily manage the collections for all your apps in real time without the need to go to the Windows App Studio website. Update the data in the app and it will update the data in your relevant projects and apps with no additional actions required.

Live Tiles Editor

You can now design dynamic Live Tiles for your Windows 10 apps from within Windows App Studio. This will work on any Windows 10 app you create with the exception of Hosted Web Apps. With this tool, you fully customize your Live Tiles to make your app more dynamic for your customers when they view it from the Start menu or on a Windows 10 mobile device.

…and more, including:

  • Advanced theme and icon editors
  • Better sideloading support for Windows 10 apps
  • Hero Image Editor
  • Improvements to the UX in apps generated with added visual features
  • Initial Windows 10 IoT support
  • Windows App Studio NuGet packages
  • Source code on GitHub for libraries and sample apps

As many of you already know, with Universal Windows apps the same app can run on PCs, Mobile devices, and Raspberry Pi 2s and other IoT devices. Windows Universal apps generated in Windows App Studio will share all of this great functionality and they’ll run on a wide range of devices.

For those of you with existing Windows 8.1 projects in App Studio, with just a couple of mouse-clicks, you can upgrade your project to Windows 10. All you need to do is to navigate to your Windows 8.1 Projects page, and click on the “Convert” icon for any app(s) you’d like to upgrade. It really is that easy.

Enjoy the new Windows App Studio release and let’s go build some apps!

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  1. Great news. i moved some apps to windows 10 but I noticed a message under settings “Ads are not supported in this type of App.” does that mean that with w10 apps I can’t generate ads money anymore? does this option come back later?