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Mastering Windows 8 C++ App Development by Pavel Yosifovich

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Summary

Windows Store applications are unlike desktop applications in many ways. This chapter dealt with the application lifecycle—the app may get suspended and even terminated, all controlled by the OS.

Live tiles, badge updates, and toast notifications are some of the more unique features of Windows Store apps—desktop apps don't have these powers (although desktop apps can create their own toast-like pop ups). Used wisely, these can add a lot of traction to a Store app, luring the user into the app frequently.

Background tasks provide a way around the involuntary suspension/termination scenarios, so that some control is maintained even when the app is not in the foreground. Still, this is pretty restricted, to keep the main app responsive and ...

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