Category Archives: Metro

Figure out deprecated WinRT 8.1 types and members with the DeprecatedApi tool

Download (x86 | x64) UPDATE: a new version has been published with the existing types (that include deprecated member) in bold to make them more visible In a previous post, I made available the WinmdDiff tool to list the new … Continue reading

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Using WinRT in a Desktop App – a new video post!

While I was on vacation, I prepared the next episode of our Windows Store Apps Development series has been published. You’ll find demos, code and tools to help you write better Desktop applications with WinRT! Enjoy!

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Inter-Process Silent Communication in WinRT – Part 4

The previous posts detailed how file and protocol associations allow Windows Store Apps and Desktop Apps to activate each other. There is one drawback in both mechanisms: the end user switches back and forth from Desktop and Modern UI mode when … Continue reading

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Inter-Process communication with protocol association in WinRT – Part 3

The previous post presented how file association is used to exchange information between Windows Store Apps (WSAs) and Desktop Apps (DAs). The same kind of feature can be provided by the protocol association. WARNING: all these techniques are violating the point … Continue reading

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Inter-Process Communication with WinRT – Part 1

Since the pre-release of Windows 8 at the Microsoft BUILD conference in 2011, I’ve been investigating the different ways for a Windows Store App (WSA in the rest of the post) to interact with either other WSAs or Desktop Apps … Continue reading

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BUILD conference session about Windows Store Apps and WinRT

While I’m finishing a post about Inter-Process Communication in WinRT, here is a list of sessions related to Windows Store Application for those who were not lucky enough to attend the last BUILD conference in Redmond. For each, you’ll find … Continue reading

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Missing BCL types in WinRT

Download BCLDiff (x86 | x64) In a previous post, I detailed how the .NET 4.5 assemblies of the BCL are packaged in Desktop and Windows 8 managed Apps. When you starts coding your first Win8 Apps, you quickly end up … Continue reading

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Forcing Metro Apps to terminate

As explained in Reclaiming memory from Metro style apps, Windows 8 optimizes the way RAM is dedicated to running processes. Metro Apps are even more impacted than just reclaiming memory from their working set because the system can decide to … Continue reading

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Investigating BCL differences between .NET and Metro/WinRT

In the previous post, I’ve explained how to use WinRT APIs from a .NET Desktop application to list the installed Metro App packages. This post is dedicated to the other side of the story: what part of the Microsoft .NET … Continue reading

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How to call WinRT APIs from C# Desktop applications – list the installed Metro packages

As Jaime Rodriguez detailed in April, Windows 8 Excellence Labs are made to help Metro developers to get a token which allows them to submit their application to the Windows Store with high confidence. I’m lucky enough to be part … Continue reading

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