It has been a busy couple of weeks in the Microsoft and Windows 10 world.
Last week Microsoft released the Windows 10 Creators Update, the third major feature update for Windows 10, early to enthusiasts and advanced users that wanted to go ahead and install the upgrade using the companies Media Creation Tool (MCT) or Windows 10 Update Assistant.
Today the Creators Update will be officially released on Windows Update as it begins a steady roll-out to users over the next several months.
We have also seen several udpated tools released for developers so they can prepare their apps for compatibility and taking advantage of the new features and enhancements in the Creators Update. This includes an updated Desktop Bridge, Software Development Kit, and Mobile Emulator.
Along with these updated tools, there are also a handful of other enhancements that the Windows Developer team are sharing more information about so that developers can learn more about them and consider integration in their app portfolio.
Here is a rundown:
The old Share Charm from the Windows 8/8.12 days has finally been updated in the Creators Update. Instead of it appearing from the right hand side of your monitor it will now open as a dialog box in the middle of your active screen. The upgrade includes a new Share icon that is available as an OS resource adn this article explains how to make your app aware of this new share dialog.
This One Dev Minute video on Channel 9 gives you a quick summary of several of the new features and enhancements in the Creators Update for developers.
Microsoft has steadily been making improvements in the rendering of apps and software on high DPI screens/resolutions and the Creators Update saw them deal with several of the lingering issues around this area.
While many do not like the idea of ads appearing in the Windows 10 UI, one place we do expect them at times is within free apps. Developers work hard and deserve an opportunity to build valuable apps and make money from those efforts. These two articles provide details about a couple of new methods for supporting your app with ads/banners.
New APIs for developers that have mapping capabilities in their apps will benefit from better views in multiple mapping modes and other customization options.
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