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[ This article is for Windows 8.x and Windows Phone 8.x developers writing Windows Runtime apps. If you’re developing for Windows 10, see the latest documentation ]

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App features, start to finish

Our new start-to-finish series helps you add features to your app to engage your customers and to create the kind of experiences that draws people in and delight them. Here are previews of what you can expect from the series:

Start developing a Windows Runtime app:

  1. Create a UI

    Learn how to create a user interface for your app.

  2. Define application resources

    Learn how to define your app's resources to improve maintainability and localization.

  3. Respond to user interaction

    Learn how to handle user interactions from touch, pen/stylus, mouse, and keyboard devices.

  4. Work with data and files

    Learn how to bind data, read, write, and save to files, as well as how to manipulate XML data.

  5. Connect to peers, web and network services

    Learn how to create connected apps. A connected, or network-aware app, can use the network for a variety of purposes including RSS feeds, games, and to interact with nearby devices.

  6. Manage user info

    Learn how to use roaming credentials, how to authenticate users with Live Services, how to set up single sign-on, and how to manage user contacts and appointments.

  7. Launch and resume apps

    Learn how to launch, suspend, and resume your app while keeping app data safe and fresh.

  8. Add multimedia

    Learn how to capture multimedia, play audio and video, process image files, share or stream media, and transcode multimedia.

  9. Integrate devices, printers, and sensors

    Learn how to support devices like printers, cameras, sensors, removable storage, and more. You can also learn how to choose the right motion and orientation sensor for your game, how to use a light sensor to adjust screen brightness, and how to detect a user's geographic location.

  10. Globalize your app

    Learn how to localize/globalize your app.

  11. Add trials and in-app purchases

    Learn how to use free apps, trials (both time-based and feature-based), paid apps, and in-app purchases so your customers can try your app for free and choose what works for them.

  12. Making your app accessible

    Learn how to create apps that are accessible to the widest possible audience, including people who have impairments or disabilities.

  13. Package apps

    Learn how to use Visual Studio to access the Windows Store or Windows Phone Store, and package your app for distribution

  14. Debug and test apps

    Learn how to use the testing and debugging tools in Visual Studio.

Detailed UX guidelines for Windows Runtime apps: Learn how to develop your apps so that if follows best practices for a great user experience.

Samples: Look up or download sample code to help you use the Windows Runtime APIs.

Create Windows Runtime Components: Learn about creating components (essentially DLLs) in C++, C#, or Visual Basic.