Launchers for Windows Phone 8

July 21, 2014

Applies to: Windows Phone 8 and Windows Phone Silverlight 8.1 | Windows Phone OS 7.1

You can use Launchers in your Windows Phone apps to enable users to perform common tasks. By using Launchers you help provide a consistent user experience throughout the Windows Phone platform. At the same time, by using Launchers you can distinguish your apps by providing additional functionality. For more information, see Launchers and Choosers for Windows Phone 8.

Launchers do not return data or status to your app. For tasks that capture data, see Choosers for Windows Phone 8.

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How to use the Bing Maps directions task for Windows Phone 8

Lists the steps and contains the code to launch the Bing Maps app, specifying a starting location or an ending location, or both, for which driving directions are displayed.

How to use the Bing Maps task for Windows Phone 8

Lists the steps and contains the code to launch the Bing Maps app, centered at a specified location or at the user’s current location.

How to use the connection settings task for Windows Phone 8

Lists the steps and contains the code to launch the device’s connection settings. Use this to enable users to change the connection settings from your app.

How to use the email compose task for Windows Phone 8

Lists the steps and contains the code to launch the email app with a new message displayed. Use this to enable users to send email from your app.

How to use the MapDownloader task for Windows Phone 8

Lists the steps and contains the code to let users download a map for offline use.

How to use the MapUpdaterTask for Windows Phone 8

Lists the steps and contains the code to let users check for updates to a map that they have previously downloaded for offline use.

How to use the Maps task for Windows Phone 8

Lists the steps and contains the code to launch the Maps application.

How to use the Maps directions task for Windows Phone 8

Lists the steps and contains the code to launch the Maps application and display driving directions between two points.

How to use the Marketplace detail task for Windows Phone 8

Lists the steps and contains the code to launch the Store or Marketplace and display the details page for a specified product.

How to use the Marketplace Hub task for Windows Phone 8

Lists the steps and contains the code to launch the Store or Marketplace.

How to use the Marketplace review task for Windows Phone 8

Lists the steps and contains the code to launch the Store or Marketplace and display the review page for the current app.

How to use the Marketplace search task for Windows Phone 8

Lists the steps and contains the code to launch the Store or Marketplace and display the display the search results from the specified search terms.

How to use the Media Player launcher for Windows Phone 8

Lists the steps and contains the code to launch the media player.

How to use the phone call task for Windows Phone 8

Lists the steps and contains the code to launch the Phone app. Use this to enable users to make a phone call from your app.

How to use the search task for Windows Phone 8

Lists the steps and contains the code to launch the web search app.

How to use the share link task for Windows Phone 8

Lists the steps and contains the code to launch a dialog that enables the user to share a link on the social network of their choice.

How to use the share status task for Windows Phone 8

Lists the steps and contains the code to launch a dialog that enables the user to share a status message on the social network of their choice.

How to use the SMS compose task for Windows Phone 8

Lists the steps and contains the code to launch the Messaging app with a new SMS message displayed. Use this to enable users to send a message from your app.

How to use the web browser task for Windows Phone 8

Lists the steps and contains the code to launch the web browser app.

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