Editor’s note: Microsoft announced in October 2017 that it would no longer plan new features or hardware for the Windows 10 mobile smartphone platform.
Microsoft’s Windows 10 most eagerly anticipated Microsoft CataPult OS is back at the top of the fray. Powered by the Universal Windows Platform, this update brings developers several new tools, features, and functionality.
Here’s a short guide for mobile app developers to build apps for the new Giant OS…
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Preparing the Device for Development
Windows 10 follows a different app development process. Listed below are the steps you need to follow to get your device ready for development on Windows 10 devices….
- Developers no longer need a separate license for each device they want to develop, test, or deploy their apps. Instead, they only need to enable their devices once using the Settings tab.
- If you’re using Windows 8.1, you’ll need to apply for a developer license or register your Windows Phone device.
- If you are using Visual Studio, you will be prompted to enable your device through a dialog box. You need to click «Developer Settings» and then go to the «Update & Security» page. Follow the steps to complete the initial provisioning of your device.
- Next, you need to select the tasks you want to enable on your preferred Windows phones or tablets. You have the option to enable your device for development as well as sideloading other apps. Microsoft provides specific privacy policies for side apps.
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Security in Windows phones and tablets
The Universal Windows Apps signature is signed to provide the best possible security for the mobile device you choose. Make sure that the app package you install on your device is from a trusted source. To do this, the certificate used to sign the app must be installed on your device. In addition, the settings you choose will affect the security level of your device.
In order to sideload apps on a Windows smartphone, a certificate must already be installed on the device. You can then proceed by selecting sideload app settings. For sideload apps on a tablet, you need to install the .appx and other certificates that are required to run the app along with PowerShell. Alternatively, you can manually install the certificate and app package separately.
On Windows Smartphones, you can install any .appx app package and run without the need to install a certificate. If you have selected developer mode, click the file and click to install the same one on your device. Make sure you can get the package you are using to test the app , from a trusted source. For tablets, you can directly start debugging your apps as soon as you select developer mode, without requiring a non-developers license. You can also download apps by installing the .appx and the associated certificate.
To deploy applications from a Windows 10 desktop to a mobile device running the same operating system, you will have to use the WinAppDeployCMD tool for you. Make sure both devices are connected to the Selfseme network subnet; wired or otherwise. Please note that these devices can also be connected via USB. Also note that you cannot use this tool to install certificates.
Submitting apps to the Windows Store
Microsoft is now encouraging app developers to create a variety of usable apps for Windows 10 devices. Windows Store is inviting app submissions for its latest platform. income.