Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Tips From Microsoft To Adapt Windows 8 Apps With Windows 8.1 Preview

We all know that the customer preview version of the Windows 8.1 was released recently. Microsoft has provided some tips to those users who have done the Windows 8 transfer to adapt to the Windows 8 apps. The public preview version of Windows 8.1 was released a few months ago, but this does not mean that Windows 8 app developers have to wait until the final RTM version of Windows 8.1 is released.

Working with Windows 8 apps can be a little tricky and Microsoft is aiming to get over this difficulty with the Windows 8.1 release. Among the tips released by Microsoft, they have provided some hints on how to provide the Windows 8 app developers a way to take advantage of the latest features in the Windows 8.1 version.

The post in the Windows App Builder blog is much technical and it says that as far as the templates are concerned, Windows 8.1 does away with the Layout Aware Page class for navigation Process Lifetime Management. This helps in splitting up the default view model, maintained state features, and handled navigation that Microsoft claims to give the developers, which is a more customizable model. The SuspensionManager is around for the Process Lifetime Management, but the latest Windows 8.1 also adds the new NavigationHelper class.

The blog also provides information on some changes in the data templates and styles for the new Windows 8.1 apps. There are two new item templates in the preview version of Windows 8.1. They are the Hub Page and the Settings Flyout. These are provided in addition to all of the other item templates that are currently available for the Windows 8 apps. The blog also states on the specific Windows 8.1 changes for app developers so that they can remove the old components from Windows 8 apps.

If the Windows 8 transfer users and app developers would like to know more on the ways to adapt Windows 8 apps for the Windows 8.1 version, they can visit the Windows App Builder blog. This blog also provides the readers a clear idea on the ways to use and take advantage of the Windows store and the latest features.

You can also contact our support team if you would like to know more on using Windows 8 apps in the Windows 8.1 version.

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