Windows 10 : Start building Universal Apps – Getting started

Microsoft announced the first technical preview of the Windows 10 developer tooling available to Windows Insiders.


Here’s Microsoft’s full set to step-by-step instructions for setting up the new tools.

    1. Sign up for the Windows Insider Program, if you haven’t already.
    2. Install, or upgrade to, the latest flight of Windows 10 Technical Preview to best support Windows Universal App Platform development.
    3. Run Windows Update to check for the latest updates.
    4. If you’re running CTP5 or earlier, uninstall your previous version of Visual Studio 2015.
    5. Install Visual Studio 2015 CTP6.
    6. Install the Tools for Windows 10 Technical Preview, which are required when developing for the Windows Universal App Platform. (To install the .iso file, download the files, right-click the local copy, and then select Mount.)

Universal Apps are intended to work seamlessly across multiple platforms – including desktop, tablet, smartphone, the Xbox, and embedded (IoT) devices – by utilising a unified codebase.

As well as its new toolkit, Microsoft also released some sample code for Universal Apps. Learn more about Tools for Windows 10 via the link below.

Windows 10 Technical Preview tools

Developer Content

In addition to the preview tooling, Microsoft also released a number of resources to help you quickly come up to speed on the new universal app platform capabilities:

  1. Introducing the Universal App Platform: From Mobile World Congress 2015, Kevin Gallo provides a first look at the platform and how to build universal apps to target it.
  2. Windows 10 Jumpstart Preview: A first look at the upcoming Jumpstart training content. These videos provide you with the information you need to bring a Windows 8.1 app up to Windows 10.
  3. What’s New in Windows 10 for Developers: The Windows 10 developer documentation is online on the Windows Dev Center. This page provides a nice overview of what’s new in the documentation, with deep links across the relevant topics.
  4. Code samples: New with Windows 10, documentation code samples will be published on GitHub. Today, we’re publishing an initial couple dozen samples, with many more planned for the Build timeframe.

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