Microsoft today announced that they are releasing an update of Windows App Studio Beta with support for the Windows 10 Insider Preview. The Windows 10 Store will be open for app submissions later this summer. They have redesigned the Windows App Studio beta site so that it is consistent with Windows 10 style and easier to navigate from any device.
- Windows 10 apps, including those generated by App Studio, are built using the new Windows Universal Platform. The platform includes a set of new controls that enable responsive design, meaning that app content looks great on a wide range of devices and window sizes. The SplitView and VisualStateTrigger controls, along with menu navigation provided by the “hamburger button” (three horizontal lines) in the upper left, are key elements of this new design approach.
- Live Tile Update
Until now, Live Tile update used a background task that connected to our service to drive tile updates. This has been re-implemented using a platform feature called Tile Update (and removing the background agent). The result is greater reliability and reduced battery consumption.
- Xbox Music Data Source
Your apps can now query the Xbox Music catalog to search for artists. App Studio will fetch album metadata, including album covers, to bind to your pages like any other collection data source. Xbox Music Data Source will also allow you to launch the Music app to listen to the album you want using a deep link configured as a URL action in our collections.
- Bing Maps
For the first time, you can bring maps into your App Studio apps with support for the Bings Maps control.
- Application Insights
Application Insights is an analytics service that helps you monitor app usage and performance. Usage data enables you to track how many users are launching the apps and discover how they are interacting with your app. Performance monitoring gives you diagnostic reports of crashes and helps you understand their impact on users.
Read more about it here.