Developing apps for Windows Phone 8 & Windows 8.1 using Windows Phone App Studio

The latest Windows Phone App Studio allows windows app developers not only to develop windows phone 8.0 or 7.1.1 apps but also to develop apps that can be ported to windows 8.1 app store itself. Lets take a look what’s new in newly updated windows phone app studio web based portal which relives developer’s development life cycle to few mins to deploy on marketplace.

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  • Since, in this demo, I am developing an app for a small business , henceforth, from template selecting the app named ‘Contoso Ltd‘.
  • After clicking on it, it allows to move to app introduction page.

Contoso App create

  • Next, after creation of the app, move on to the app development dashboard, since the app is implemented initially with demo data, adding a few live data in it.

Data Collection

  • Similar way, you can import data from comma seperated csv files, export existing data into csv itself. The data collection format is available in default static collection & WCF service,OData, RSS, Atom based dynamic data feed.
  • After move on to the next option of Tile & Splash & lock screens. For Windows Phone 8.0, here is the option comes for both Cyclic, Iconic & Flip types. You only need to select the corresponding images along with content.


  • Select, the splash screen & lock screen icon similarly, while selecting images you would be prompted to few options.

ImageSplash & Lock

  • For each & every development module , you would need to save the changes by clicking the Save icon.


  • Finally, proceed to generation info, check the publication package (.xap) file, certificate needs to install in your windows phone device & Click on Generate.


Generate Package

  • After clicking Generate button, you would find the following options, the default one is windows phone 8.0 app package along with source code, while the second one is the .appx file that can be shared across windows 8.1 & windows phone 8.0 along with Visual studio 2013 solution.

App gen option

  • Once , you click GenerateĀ the following screen would come up.


  • Check option of downloading source code of the app along with app package. Download the bar code in order to install the app on your device.

Publish & code

  • Lets look out the app after porting into device.


Catalog page

Team Page

  • Check out the tile screen, while I have added few icons for small , iconic tiles itself.


  • If you check the app About section, you should be able to find see the text that, the app is made of Windows Phone App Studio along with app assembly version info.



  • Windows 8.1 view of the app while debugged from same shared code in VS 2013.


About Anindita
Anindita Basak is a Cloud Architect. Worked in as Developer & Senior Developer on Microsoft Azure, Data Platform, IoT & BI , Data Visualization, Data warehousing & ETL & of course in Hadoop platform.She played both as FTE & v- employee in Azure platform teams of Microsoft.Passionate about .NET , Java, Python & Data Science. She is also an active Big Data & Cloud Trainer & would love share her experience in IT Training Industry. She is an author, forum contributor, blogger & technical reviewer of various books on Big Data Hadoop, HDInsight, IoT & Data Science, SQL Server PDW & PowerBI.

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  4. becofuan says:

    Thank you for sharing this tutorial. I just known android have this function before. it’s refreshing to read this tutorial about windows phone.
    Best regards.

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