Building an application for the Windows Store – Part 1

In previous posts, I’ve alluded to one of our key focus areas for Visual Studio 2012 being the theme of connected devices and continuous services.  This includes creating a top-notch set of tools in Visual Studio 2012 to both design and build amazing Windows apps and the services that back them.

With Windows 8 and Visual Studio 2012 released, I’ve decided to explore and document the end-to-end development of a basic Windows Store app that uses services on the backend.  For this task I’ve chosen to use Visual Studio Express 2012 for Windows 8.

My primary goal here is to highlight just how straightforward it is now to build a modern, connected experience.  For the sake of simplicity and minimizing the coding involved, I’ll build a simple RSS reader: “News by Soma.” In this two-part blog post, I’ll document the experience of building this app.  Hopefully my notes are detailed enough that you can follow along and build (and then expand upon) your own version of this app, as well.

See the entire post by S. Somasegar at