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In this course the students will learn the more advanced programming skills and techniques that they can use to optimize their Windows Store app and differentiate their app from other apps in the Windows Store. These advanced skills and techniques include a combination of both design and development skills. The students will also learn about supporting the apps that they have published to the Windows Store.


This course is intended for professional developers who have 1 or more years of experience creating applications for a production environment and who are comfortable programming in C# and XAML to create Windows 8 apps.

Before attending this course, students must have:
      • 6 – 12 months experience programming in HTML5
      • 3 – 6 months experience using Visual Studio 2012 (including experience using Windows 8’s preview builds)
      • 1 month of experience working on Windows 8 apps


After completing this course, students will be able to:
      • Add animations and transitions in a Windows Store app to improve the user experience.
      • Localize the Windows Store app UI.
      • Brand the Windows Store app and improve the loading experience with a splash screen.
      • Use various storage mechanisms, choose a suitable caching strategy for their Windows Store app, and use advanced file access methods.
      • Create custom controls, extend templated controls, and create and consume WinMD components.
      • Implement the Print and Settings contracts and the Play To API.
      • Work with the Push Notification Service (WNS).
      • Capture media with the camera and microphone.
      • Create and consume background tasks.
      • Discover device capabilities, interact with devices, and act upon sensor data.
      • Implement Windows Store trial licensing and in-app purchasing and advertising.
      • Understand how to manage Windows authentication and web authentication in Windows Store apps.
      • Diagnose problems and monitor application behavior using tracing and profiling tools and APIs.