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December 2, 2016

ICYMI – Animations, C++/WinRT, Surface Dial and Symlinks

Did you miss us over the long weekend? We missed you, too.

Here’s what you might’ve missed this past week!


Symlinks haven’t always been easy to access or create for Windows developers. Starting with Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 14972, devs can create symlinks without needing to elevate the console as administrator. Essentially, this is just one of many steps towards making the Windows platform more efficient and easier for developers.


C++/WinRT allows developers to both author and consume Windows Runtime APIs using any standards-compliant C++ compiler.  C++/WinRT is designed to provide C++ developers with first-class access to the modern Windows API. Check it out by clicking below!

100% pure, modern C++ in Windows Runtime – no extensions needed. Read about the C++/WinRT framework here:

Posted by Windows Developer on Monday, November 28, 2016


This week we ran a series of GIFs showing the possibilities of the Windows.Composition.UI, which you can see below. Check out all of the code samples here on GitHub if you want to get started.

Spice up your UI with these custom connected animations, now on GitHub:

Posted by Windows Developer on Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Add a parallax effect to your #UWP UI with this Github code sample:

Posted by Windows Developer on Friday, December 2, 2016

Make your UWP UI pop with these custom connected animations. Find the code samples here on GitHub:

Posted by Windows Developer on Thursday, December 1, 2016

And, if you weren’t already convinced, one of our Twitter followers @JuniperPhoton did it:

Getting Started with the Surface Dial

It’s a lot easier than you think. Check out how to get started by clicking the below post.

Dial it up to 11. Learn how to build your own experiences with the Surface Dial and tailor it to your #UWP apps:

Posted by Windows Developer on Thursday, December 1, 2016

Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 14977 for Mobile

And last but certainly not least, a new Windows Insider Preview BUILD! Check it out here.

Download Visual Studio to get started.

The Windows team would love to hear your feedback.  Please keep the feedback coming using our Windows Developer UserVoice site. If you have a direct bug, please use the Windows Feedback tool built directly into Windows 10.