All Windows Store apps must have a splash screen, which is a composite of a splash screen image and a background color, both of which can be customized.
Windows displays this splash screen immediately when the user launches an app. This provides immediate feedback to users while app resources are initialized. As soon as your app is ready for interaction, Windows dismisses the splash screen.
A well designed splash screen can make your app more inviting. The Windows Store uses this simple, understated splash screen:
This splash screen is created by combining a green background color with a transparent PNG.
Putting an image and background color together to form the splash screen helps the splash screen look good, regardless of the device your app is installed on. When the splash screen is displayed, only the size of the background changes to compensate for a variety of screen sizes. Your image always remains intact.
Additionally, you can use the SplashScreen class to customize your app's launch experience. You can position an extended splash screen, which you create, to give your app more time to complete additional tasks like preparing app UI or completing networking operations. You can also use the SplashScreen class to notify you when the splash screen is dismissed, so that you can begin entrance animations.
See Guidelines and checklist for splash screens for more information.
Set your app's splash screen image and background color using Microsoft Visual Studio 2013.
Display a splash screen for more time by creating an extended splash screen. This screen imitates the splash screen shown by Windows when your app is launched, but can be customized.
- Splash screen sample
- Guidelines and checklist for splash screens