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Windows 8.1 What's New, Part 1: Dev Overview

with expert Mike Benkovich

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Release date 12/9/2013
Level Intermediate
Runtime 1h 14m
Closed captioning Included
Transcript Included
eBooks / courseware N/A
Hands-on labs N/A
Sample code Included
Exams Included

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Course description

Microsoft calls Windows 8 as Windows reimagined, with a new and improved way of interacting with your data and systems, where Touch is a first class citizen. With Windows 8.1 they have refined the experience and delivered a platform that has some great improvements for performance, integration and security. In this course we will look at what is new in Windows 8.1 and see how we can get started with the tools for building applications that look good and run great. We will take a look at the tools and the templates available and get started building an application from scratch.


This course assumes that students have some programming background and experience using Visual Studio 2010/2012 and C# or Visual Basic. In addition, the course assumes some basic knowledge of XAML markup and basic knowledge of Windows store applications and Windows 8.

Learning Paths

This course will help you prepare for the following certifications and exams:
MCSD: Windows Store Apps
70-484: Essentials of Developing Windows Store Apps Using C#
70-485: Advanced Windows Store App Development Using C#

This course is part of the following LearnNowOnline SuccessPaths™:
Building Windows Store Applications

Meet the expert

Mike Benkovich Mike Benkovich delivers technical presentations around the U.S. as a consultant, trainer, and former Developer Evangelist for Microsoft. He has worked in a variety of professional roles including architect, project manager, developer, and technical writer. Mike is also an author of two books, published by WROX Press and APress, that show developers how to get the most from their SQL databases. Since appearing in the 1994 Microsoft DevCast, Mike has presented technical information at seminars, conferences, and corporate boardrooms across America.

Course outline

Developer Overview

Overview (21:40)
  • Introduction (00:12)
  • Architecture Overview (02:12)
  • Tools - Visual Studio 2013 (01:52)
  • Tools - Blend 2013 (01:55)
  • Why Target Windows 8.1? (01:56)
  • Windows 8 APIs (00:56)
  • New Windows 8.1 Features (00:15)
  • Performance Improvements (00:14)
  • New Templates & Artifacts (01:51)
  • Demo: Hub Template (03:32)
  • Demo: MapMode (01:21)
  • Demo: Hub Page (05:03)
  • Summary (00:14)
Blend (11:00)
  • Introduction (00:18)
  • Hub Sections (00:53)
  • Demo: Hub Sections (03:30)
  • Demo: Adding Header (03:11)
  • Demo: New Hub Section (02:31)
  • Demo: Running (00:26)
  • Summary (00:09)
Working with Data (15:36)
  • Introduction (00:22)
  • Working with Data (00:53)
  • Demo: DatePicker (04:48)
  • Demo: Hub View Control (04:23)
  • Demo: Agendas (04:19)
  • Demo: Running (00:39)
  • Summary (00:10)
Flyout (09:24)
  • Introduction (00:21)
  • Settings (01:04)
  • Demo: Flyout (05:05)
  • Demo: Saving a Setting (02:40)
  • Summary (00:12)
Debugging and Deploying (17:13)
  • Introduction (00:19)
  • Debugging & Deploying (03:17)
  • Demo: Debugging (02:07)
  • Demo: Emulator (03:09)
  • Demo: Remote Tools (04:01)
  • Demo: Store Packages (04:01)
  • Summary (00:17)