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Ready to get started? Of course you are. In this section we’ll build a very simple, but relatively complete, Win8 app. Here’s what we’ll do:

common_01.jpg Create a New Project

We’ll use the SplitApp template, one of the project templates provided by Visual Studio.

common_02.jpg Run the App in the Simulator

Visual Studio 2013 Express for Windows provides a wonderful tool called the Simulator that lets you test your UI in different states, resolutions, and orientations. We’ll play with that next.

common_03.jpg Set Some XAML Properties

Next we’ll change our UI a little bit by setting some properties in the XAML designer and directly in the XAML.

common_04.jpg Add a Contract

You’ve seen that contracts are an important part of Windows 8.1, and we’ll get a taste of how that works by adding a Settings contract to our app.

common_05.jpg Add a Tile

What would a Win8 app be without a cool tile? We’ll add that next.

common_06.jpg Certify Your App

Finally, we’ll run the Windows App Certification Kit to ensure that our app complies with the requirements for deployment to the Windows Store.

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