New Content from the Building Windows Apps Blog - 17 May 2016

New Content from the Building Windows Apps Blog - 17 May 2016

If you are a Windows developer of any kind I hope you have the RSS feed for all of the official Windows Blogs, which includes the Building Windows Apps blog, over at the Microsoft website.

The reason for keeping an eye on that blog is two-fold.

First, it will ensure you see the latest content from Microsoft themselves about developing apps for Windows and secondly you will be privy to information that will help you in your efforts to build apps for Windows. Microsoft wants you to be successful with your apps because it results in mutual success for everyone.

There have been some key articles added over the last week or so and I wanted to bring them to your attention.

Last week we told you about a new series of articles that would include tips about publishing your apps in the Windows Dev Center and the first two of those posts are already live.

The first one is focused on publishing or updating your public app in the Windows Store in an unrestricted manner - basically making it available for everyone that can access the Windows Store.

The second tip post for the Windows Dev Center series discusses flighting your app to limited audiences such as a group of beta testers after you have made your main app public.  In this process you can then create a set of beta testers to try out future app updates before they are published to public users. Microsoft does something very similar these days by targeting some app updates to Windows Insiders on the latest Fast Ring to test new features and updates.

The other article I wanted to bring to your attention is about adding speech to your Universal Windows Platform apps so you can access some of Cortana's unique features. Speech is a very natural user interface and Cortana helps to light up those capabilities so that you can easily add those capabilities in your own apps.

This first article in a three-part series is focused on the basics of implementing speech in your apps and the next two in the series will focus on other areas like guiding speech recognition, synthesizing speech and other options that are available in the Microsoft Cloud for your speech enabled apps.

So be sure to stay connected to us here at DevPro Connections as we continue to highlight the great resources for your Windows app development.

But, wait...there's probably more so be sure to follow me on Twitter and Google+.

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