Answers to common questions about Windows apps, Visual Studio and Windows Phone 8.1

The Building Apps for Windows blog posted answers to common questions Friday covering universal Windows apps, adds to Visual Studio, investments in .NET and WPF, top new features in Windows Phone 8.1, and upgrading an existing Windows Phone 8 app.

From the post, you’ll find out that a single Visual Studio project can create a universal Windows app to target Windows Phone devices, Windows tablets and PCs and eventually even Xbox. They are built from fundamentally the same source code.

With the release of Visual Studio 2013 Update 2 RC, there is now support for Universal App project templates. These are templates designed to make it easy to deliver apps across Windows Phone and Windows.

New features to Windows Phone 8.1 means a large set of new APIs. Many of these were universal Windows app features, such as greater WinRT support and the addition of HTML-based apps.

Head over to the Building Apps for Windows blog to get more details and links to relevant Build 2014 sessions on these topics.

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Athima Chansanchai
Microsoft News Center Staff