The 15.4 update of Visual Studio has a lot of new things. Also the Fall creator update enables you to use .net Standard 2.0 in UWP apps. Adding UWP apps in the store is easy and native. But you can also pack other types and submit them as store apps.

WAP

Windows Application Packaging Project. it’s a new project template in vs15.4 You can load up the solution containing your application and add a new project of this type.

Select the target and minimum version of the Windows SDK (this is recognizable from uwp apps)

Right click applications in the solution explorer and add a reference to your main application project

Add Project Reference

Then you can use the create app packages like you would do for an UWP app

You can read more about it on the microsoft docs site

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/uwp/porting/desktop-to-uwp-packaging-dot-net

Pro tip: visit the Microsoft Docs website more often. They are really improving lately. Like a lot!

There is just one thing I would like to point out: your developer account needs extra permissions to submit such type of application.

You will need to submit your info on this page:

https://developer.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/projects/campaigns/desktop-bridge

and they will get back to you in 6 business days.

I have submitted two apps, one for the general store and one as a business app which is only available for my colleagues in a private store. Both are still waiting for approval. Hope to hear soon from the team.

So the pro-tip of today is: make sure your dev ms account has privileges to submit a desktop bridge app to the store!


Good luck!

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I have developed several small apps for Windows Phone. Most of the time it is just to test how publishing an app works. I have developed an app for wp7, wp8.0, wp8.1 and universal apps and they are all free in the windows (phone) store. I try to earn back my developer fee of 19 euro by adding some small ads to it. I have used the adrotator version 1 and version 2 plugin and Microsoft's  own admediator.

You can download that visual studio extension of the visualstudio gallery website.

and you can read how to use admediator on msdn.

my three ad networks are:

  • mobfox
  • smaato
  • pubcenter

My conclusion: pubcenter has the best revenue and smaato serves the most ads. Please let me know if you disagree or have some advice. You can download my excel report here.

 

p.s. here is a 27 minute video of the admediator control on channel 9.

p.p.s. more info on the windows blog http://blogs.windows.com/buildingapps/2014/11/07/how-to-maximize-the-impact-of-windows-ad-mediation-for-windows-phone/

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The Lenovo Miix 2 tablet is great if you look at the value you get for your money. I purchased one for work for just 196 euro at paradigit.nl

http://www.techspot.com/images/products/tablets/org/1766429079_943123002_o.jpg

It took me a day to install all updates on the windows 8.1 machine. When I returned at work the next day the tablet did not boot. It was still on the usb charger so it was not a battery drain or empty battery or whatsoever. I tried to contact Lenovo through twitter, but no response (yet).

So I had to figure it out myself and found this blog with tips. One of them is to plugin the USB cable, wait for the white light and power on. That did not work. Power on before removing USB cable also did not work. Maybe this works for you, please let me know in the comments.

The real solution (for me) was this trick of @marauderz:

Hold the power button for 20 seconds and then release and press again. That does show the lenovo logo and makes the tablet boot again. It does not matter if you have the 8 inch or 10 inch device. According to @marauderz it has to do with "ConnStandby" mode which is the "connected standby" feature of windows. More about it is available on MSDN. This superuser answer explains how you can disable this feature. Since I am developing a universal app on this tablet and have it on an USB powercable 24/7 I do not need this connected standby feature. So launch regedit, go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Power\

and change ‘CsEnabled’ from 1 to 0. Confirm, close regedit and reboot.

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