Microsoft Provides Free Desktop Bridge Video Training Course for Developers

Posted on April 18, 2017 by Paul Thurrott in Dev, Windows 10 with 23 Comments

Microsoft Provides Free Desktop Bridge Video Training Course for Developers

Developers interested in learning how they can bring their classic desktop applications forward to the Windows Store now have a great new resource: A new video training course from Microsoft Virtual Academy.

“This video course, delivered by the Desktop Bridge Program Management team, aims to help developers understand the concepts and benefits of the Desktop Bridge tooling in the Windows 10 Universal Windows Platform,” the Windows Apps team writes in a post to the Building Apps blog. “Watch the videos and find the relevant sample code here to start bringing your desktop apps to the Windows Store and to take advantage of new Windows 10 features of the Universal Windows Platform in your WPF, WinForms, MFC or other type of Win32 apps.”

Desktop Bridge has emerged as one of the more successful attempts to get developers to embrace UWP. And that success is likely tied to the fact that developers don’t have to start over with a new UWP app. Instead, they can basically put their existing desktop application in a container that can be distributed from the Store. And then they can optionally begin adding UWP features to the app, including notifications, live tiles, app-to-app sharing, and more.

The Developer’s Guide to the Desktop Bridge video training series includes the following eight modules:

  • Intro to the Desktop Bridge
  • Desktop App Converter
  • Debugging and Testing Your Converted Apps
  • Distributing Your Converted Apps
  • Enhancing Desktop Applications with UWP Features
  • Extending and Modernizing with UWP components
  • What’s Next for the Desktop Bridge
  • Post-Course Survey

In addition to the on-demand versions of the video, the site also offers the videos and associated PowerPoint presentations for download. Definitely worth checking out.

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