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What’s Cool for Devs in the Windows 10 Anniversary Update

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The Windows 10 Anniversary Update introduces many new features and enhancements for developers - this video highlights just a few of the cool new things for developers to try out.  Read more about what's new for developers in Kevin Gallo's blog post and at http://aka.ms/Win10UpdateForDevs.

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  • Jonathan Bucklandfuncoderuk .NET Developer and Fan

    Very exciting times as a .NET developer

  • , electricnin ja33 wrote

    I don't know who this news is for because nobody is writing for UWP and you are hemorrhaging loyal desktop developers over this tone-deaf double-down strategy.

    Just so you know. I've been developing apps for the UWP. 

  • Good that the latest SDK is now publishable. Please tell me, is using VS15 Preview an issue in this regard?

  • @henryqng: Me too.. Some internal POC's starting up soon, playing with the Composition API's now, good stuff!

  • stahtufiangstahtufiang

    // "ground breaking apps" what a crack of *****. you can't make a desktop look like a phone it's just doesn't work. you say, "we have this phone that connects to this large display and this thing called windows continuum experience" , but that doesn't make it a desktop, it just doesn't. so, the phones hardware has a long way to travel in order to be powerful enough to cope with non pathetic anemic programs or "APPS" , whatever name you wanna call them. or "Edge" tablets browser forced on all versions of windows 10 what's that, basically IE had a new modern day haircut style "topknot" ! unwanted browsers, forced updates, "Ground Breaking APPS". yea, nice job so keep it up guys!

  • John KennedyJohn Kennedy

    StephenPSA - you must use VS2015 Update 3, and the latest SDK to access these new features.

  • Jeff LewisJeff Lewis

    "// "ground breaking apps" what a crack of *****. you can't make a desktop look like a phone it's just doesn't work. you say, "we have this phone that connects to this large display and this thing called windows continuum experience" , but that doesn't make it a desktop, it just doesn't. so, the phones hardware has a long way to travel in order to be powerful enough to cope with non pathetic anemic programs or "APPS" , whatever name you wanna call them. or "Edge" tablets browser forced on all versions of windows 10 what's that, basically IE had a new modern day haircut style "topknot" ! unwanted browsers, forced updates, "Ground Breaking APPS". yea, nice job so keep it up guys!"

    Everything about this comment tells me that the poster really doesn't get it.

    UWP isn't about phones. It isn't about tablets. It's about a shift in how people interact with their computers.

    Until around 2005, the paradigm was 'big monolithic applications that did everything and needed a huge learning curve to use'. Those apps aren't going away, but they're being relegated to experts - which is the target for which those apps were written.

    The new model - again, which doesn't replace the old one - but stands alongside it - is the single task app which presents the user with a simplified UI and experience that focuses on a specific task. The user collects a library of task-specific apps rather than one huge complex app.

    The new 'desktop' is an attempt, flawed perhaps, to manage all these 'tasks'. UWP is a way to both help build these task oriented apps and to fix some core flaws in the way Windows works right now. Again, work in progress. I happen to think it's still way too touch oriented and is missing too many core pieces, but it's vastly better than Windows Store Apps or "Universal" apps from the 8.x era.

    The ability to run UWPs as if they were desktop apps and to support drag/drop between them and other apps is a huge move to UWP being the main model.

    While I don't agree with all of Microsoft's choices - I do see the reason for [most of] them. Perhaps it's time to stop yelling and start listening?

  • Luna TickLuna Tick

    Welp, this dev finds a total of zero cool things in AU. Looking at W10 (yes I have it - for the time being anyway) I'm struggling to comprehend who they're aiming it at. Their non-existing Phone/Tablet user base or just as populous casual PC user group. Because it sure as hell is not the people who actually do use their PCs the way those machines are utilized today.

    Being able to develop applications for various devices and platforms is cool, long overdue, no doubt but there is no place for UWP on the desktop, so keep that junk out of it. The PC market leveled off, not much growth, I get it, but you're not going to jump-start it with this nonsense. Majority of casual tasks have shifted to phones and tablets and they're not coming back. If you don't see it, you're freaking blind and diluting the traditional desktop which is still with us - and is these days mostly about actual work - is not going to do you any noticeable favors. At best you're on the path to alienate you most faithful. Of course most of us that remain, can't just switch to another platform for obvious reasons, which I suppose MS feels is good enough reason to risk angering people without much consequence.

    Most beautiful Windows? First of all, there's no such thing as beautiful Windows, never has been. It's always been and remains a hodgepodge of design styles dating back to 1995, never consistent. You can't even create a decent API for us developers to use when developing our own applications to make the design style-compliant. And now the additional, hideous, UWP design "language" is ensuring that W10 continues in this fine tradition of perpetual lack of cohesion. Parts of the new UI are nice, sure, but that's about it.

    Cortana, UWP, dumbed-down features, advertising, data trawling, snooping, forced updates...sure it'll probably work for a few, but in my (fairly large) dev circle literally nobody likes any of this and more than half went back to 7 because of it already. I'm inching that way myself and I was really not all opposed to this new OS. To be fair it's not *all* bad it's just that there really seems to be no actual value to offset everything that you lose compared to Win 7 and much of what one gains is the kind of thing one would wish to avoid.

    So no, I really find nothing cool in AU, there is nothing there for me as a developer, and nothing as a user either.

  • stahtufiangstahtufiang

    // @ Luna Tick, finally someone spoke some sense to this madness "windows 8, 8.1, 10". i believe we deserve a chance to control our OS or at least have the chance to buy a barebone OS, since we pay $$$$ for it. @ Jeff Lewis, man at least you should listen to the things i pointed out and stop makin excuses why the OS is packed with useless junk

  • Thomas DamiloskiThomas Damiloski

    Windows is the worst software I have ever used. Cortana only works some of the time and when it does work it always has problems and gets hung up. I can reboot 15 times and Cortana will still not work. When it does work, there is no indication that any thing was done to start it working. My favorites are always getting lost and I have to go through several steps to find them. Please get you stuff together. Windows has been around long enough that those bugs should have been corrected by now.

  • // your windows 10 is a joke. this "anniversary update" is worst than your "november update" which took adding registry keys in order to get it back in november. now with your "famous anniversary" release, every time the PC searches for updates which is every day, here is your "FEATURE UPDATE FOR WINDOWS 10 ENTERPRISE, VERSION 1607"  together with other updates! it downloads and it fail to install, the process repeats every time the PC search for updates! you can download this large update every time it fails to install, but enough is enough !

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