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A VS2012 extension to use the WinRT APIs in desktop apps

Anyone who has ever built for Windows 8 and the Windows Runtime probably wondered how it is possible to use WinRT in desktop applications.

Even though with some limitations, this is possible and requires some manual steps so that a project can reference Windows 8's libraries.

Lucian Wischik  has published an interesting extension for Visual Studio 2012, which adds a Console app project template which is ready to take advantage of WinRT.

Such an extension is available from the Visual Studio Gallery at this address, where you will also find hints for the usage.

Lucian has also published an article on CodeProject, where he provides detailed information about this scenario.

Remember that som APIs from WinRT cannot be used on the desktop for privacy and security reasons, especially those related to some devices and that work in a sandboxed environment.

Alessandro

Print | posted on giovedì 14 marzo 2013 11:20 | Filed Under [ Windows 8 & WinRT Visual Studio 2012 ]

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