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Developing Apps for Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8.1 Using Windows Phone App Studio

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Developing Apps for Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8.1 Using Windows Phone App Studio

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Launching an app doesn’t need to be daunting. Whether you’re just getting started or need a refresher on mobile app testing best practices, this guide is your resource! Brought to you in partnership with Perfecto

The latest Windows Phone App Studio allows windows app developers not only to develop windows phone 8.0 or 7.1.1 apps, but also to develop apps that can be ported to windows 8.1 app store itself. Lets take a look what’s new in newly updated windows phone app studio web based portal which relieves developer’s development life cycle to a few mins to deploy on marketplace.

windows phone app studio

windows phone app studio

  • Since, in this demo, I am developing an app for a small business , henceforth, from template selecting the app named ‘Contoso Ltd‘.
  • After clicking on it, it allows you to move to the app introduction page.

Contoso App create

  • Next, after creation of the app, move on to the app development dashboard, and since the app is implemented initially with demo data, add a few live data in it.

Data Collection

  • Similarly, you can import data from comma separated csv files, and export existing data into csv itself. The data collection format is available in default static collection & WCF service, OData, RSS, Atom based dynamic data feed.
  • After that, move on to the next option of Tile & Splash & lock screens. For Windows Phone 8.0, here the option comes for both Cyclic, Iconic & Flip types. You only need to select the corresponding images along with content.

Tile

  • Select, the splash screen & lock screen icon similarly, while selecting images you would be prompted to few options.

ImageSplash & Lock

  • For each & every development module, you would need to save the changes by clicking the Save icon.

Save

  • Finally, proceed to generation info, check the publication package (.xap) file, certificate needs to install in your Windows Phone device & Click on Generate.

Publish

Generate Package

  • After clicking Generate button, you would find the following options. The default one is windows phone 8.0 app package along with source code, while the second one is the .appx file that can be shared across windows 8.1 & windows phone 8.0 along with Visual studio 2013 solution.

App gen option

  • Once you click Generate, the following screen should come up.

generate

  • Check option of downloading source code of the app along with app package. Download the bar code in order to install the app on your device.

Publish & code

  • Lets look at the app after porting into device.

App

Catalog page

Team Page

  • Check out the tile screen, while I have added few icons for small , iconic tiles itself.

small

  • If you check the app About section, you should be able to find see the text that, the app is made of Windows Phone App Studio along with app assembly version info.

About

  • Windows 8.1 view of the app while debugged from same shared code in VS 2013.

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