Developing for Modern Windows

Tips, tricks, and guides for developing on modern Windows platforms

Windows 10

Use Secondary Tiles to Modify App Launch [UWP]

Modern Windows apps are famous for their live tiles, but most apps don’t take full advantage of the available functionality. One great piece of live tile functionality is ‘secondary tiles’. Secondary tiles are lives tiles your app can pin in… Continue Reading →

Open your App with a File Association (Windows 10 UWP)

When you double-click an .mp3 file you expect your music player to play the song; when you double-click an .xls file you expect Excel to open the spreadsheet. Wouldn’t it be cool to do this in your own Universal Windows… Continue Reading →

BitmapIcon – Use an Image Like an Icon

In Universal Windows Platform Apps you can use BitmapIcon to treat an image as if it’s an icon/text. In my current project I use this feature to colour some white images with transparent backgrounds to match my app’s changeable theme… Continue Reading →

XAML to Live Tile in UWP Apps

In this article I’ll show you how to create an image from a XAML user control, and then set that image as the app’s live tile. For this example, I’ll update the wide and medium tiles, but you can adapt… Continue Reading →