Windows Store device apps (Windows 8.1)

Purpose

Windows 8.1 lets device manufacturers create a Windows Store device app that serves as a companion to their device. Windows Store device apps have more capabilities than regular Windows Store apps and can perform privileged operations, such as firmware updates. Also, Windows Store device apps can start from AutoPlay (on more devices than other apps can), automatically install the first time a device is connected, and extend the printer and camera experiences built into Windows 8.1.

This section describes what Windows Store device apps are and how device manufacturers can create them. If you're new to Windows Store device apps, take a look at Getting started.

If you're looking for info about Windows Store mobile broadband apps, see Mobile Broadband.

In this section

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What's new

Windows 8.1 brings new APIs and capabilities that you can use in your Windows Store device app. This section provides a glimpse of what's new.

Getting started

Start here to begin building Windows Store device apps for Windows 8.1.

Build a Windows Store device app step-by-step

This step-by-step guide describes in detail how to build a Windows Store device app with Microsoft Visual Studio 2013 and the Device Metadata Authoring Wizard.

AutoPlay for Windows Store device apps

This topic describes how to use the Device Metadata Authoring Wizard to enable AutoPlay. It also describes how to handle AutoPlay activations in your app.

Device sync and update for Windows Store device apps

In Windows 8.1, your Windows Store app can use a device background task to synchronize data on your peripheral device. If your app is associated with device metadata, that Windows Store device app can also use a device background agent to perform device updates, such as firmware updates.

Windows Store device apps for printers

This section introduces Windows Store device apps for printers.

Windows Store device apps for cameras

This section introduces Windows Store device apps for cameras.

Windows Store device apps for internal devices

This topic introduces the ways that Windows Store device apps can access internal devices.

Automatic installation for Windows Store device apps

This topic describes how automatic installation works and how the app, metadata, and drivers can be updated and uninstalled.

 

 

 

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