Windows App Studio update for Windows 10 launch


We are excited to announce an update for this July in App Studio to coincide with the Windows 10 release.   We worked hard to both update App Studio for Windows 10 and introduce some new features that are designed to improve the quality and capabilities of apps you create. 

Here is a sampling of just some of the new features we introduced:

-            Responsive design using visual break points

-            Redlines for every layout

-            New reading web view

-            New nuget packages

-            Open source core libraries in GitHub

-            Simplified generated code


In addition to adding features that improve the quality of the apps, we also improved the features of App Studio itself.  The major changes are:


New Windows 10 simulator – We have a new simulator that is capable of showing the great experiences that come with Windows 10.  We think you’ll love this improved feature.

New Dialog to start Windows 10 apps – While this is still in preview mode, we have introduced a new path that allows you to create apps for Windows 10. This is the new default option for building apps.    At the moment, you can only generate code for PCs and Tablets, but Phone will be activated later for Windows 10 Mobile is ready.

Convert apps from Windows 8.1 to Windows 10 – We built a nice tool to help you easily upgrade your apps from Windows 8.1 to be fully Windows 10 compatible.  We hope that this makes things easy for you!

Hosted Web Apps (HWA) – This is the new version of the Web App Template (WAT) for Windows 10 designed to take advantage of the new version’s features.  WAT still exists for 8.1 apps too!

We are also excited to announce that we just aligned our infrastructure to the just released Windows and Visual Studio RTM, so no need to worry about maintaining installs of the RC client!

We are also working on another release that will be available in the next couple of months.  We’re building some great things, so we can’t wait to show you.  As always, we’d love to hear your suggestions and comments, so head on over to the Forums or User Voice to let us know what’s on your mind! 

Happy app building!


-The Windows App Studio Team