At Windows Developer Day today, Microsoft announced that they are opening up Microsoft Store for apps created using Windows 10 Fall Creators Update SDK. Windows 10 Fall Creators Update comes with several new improvements for developers including Fluent Design elements, Project Rome APIs, Microsoft Graph and more.
Microsoft is making it easier for Windows desktop app developers to update their app for Windows Store by releasing the new Windows application packaging project in Visual Studio 2017 version 15.4. This new project template will allow developers to use the app packaging without having to convert their existing installer. Once the app is using the modernized installer, all the APIs that have been added to the Windows will be available to the application. After converting the app, developers can also make the app download only the updated bits (rather the entire package) during update process.
With the Fall Creators Update, Microsoft is bringing the power of .NET Standard 2.0 when building UWP apps. .NET Standard 2.0 brings an additional 20,000+ .NET APIs to Windows 10 UWP developers, many of these will be familiar for developers who are familiar with classic Windows desktop app development (WPF, Windows Forms, etc…).
Using the Microsoft Graph and Project Rome, developers can allow their customers to continue what they’re doing right now on their app, but on a different device. And the Activity Feed will allow developers to pick up an activity they were doing in the past, and continuing it now or sometime in the future.
Microsoft is releasing UX building blocks, guidelines, samples and tools for developers to refresh their apps with Fluent Design Language. Developers can learn more about it here.
For UWP developers targeting Xbox, Microsoft is releasing the Expanded Resources feature in the Fall Xbox One Update. UWP developers will have access to 6 exclusive cores, 5 GB of ram and full access to the GPU with DX12. Read more about it here.