Windows App Store Apps not Equivalent to WPF and Silverlight

By Ken Getz


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When working on a recent chapter on brushes and transforms for the Windows Store Apps using C# and XAML course, I was surprised (and dismayed) to find that both the RadialGradientBrush and the OpacityMask are not available for Windows Store apps. These are important and useful features, available in both Silverlight and WPF.

There are effects you simply can't accomplish without these features, apparently omitted in Windows Store apps to support multiple devices. These aren't the only features missing, either: You can find a complete listing of Silverlight/WPF features that didn't make the cut here, in an article on Microsoft's site about porting Silverlight or XAML applications to a Windows Store app.


Don't be surprised--read this list carefully!

Ken Getz
Ken Getz is a featured instructor for several of our Visual Studio courses. He is a Visual Basic and Visual C# expert and has been recognized multiple times as a Microsoft MVP. Ken is a seasoned instructor, successful consultant, and the author or co-author of several best-selling books. He is a frequent speaker at technical conferences like Tech-Ed, VSLive, and DevConnections and he has written for several of the industry's most-respected publications including Visual Studio Magazine, CoDe Magazine, and MSDN Magazine.

This blog entry was originally posted October 09, 2012 by Ken Getz

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