Windows Phone 8 SDK New Features For Developers
I dug in the Windows Phone 8 object browser and I found some interesting classes:
In WP7, there is only the GetCookies method.
In WP8, there are the new ClearCookiesAsync and ClearInternetCacheAsync methods.
There is a event called SmsReceived which could be really interesting to use. However, there is a little note saying: “This API is not intended to be used directly from your code”.
Windows.UI.Input.EdgeGesture, Windows.Devices.Input.MouseCapabilities and Windows.Devices.Input.KeyboardCapabilities
They all seem interesting, but I was not able to instantiate them. I get this exception: Requested Windows Runtime type ‘Windows.Devices.Input.MouseCapabilities’ is not registered.
This namespace contains a lot of cool classes:
- LicenseInformation (ExpirationDate, IsActive, IsTrial, ProductLicences).
- ListingInformation (AgeRating, CurrentMarket, Description, FormattedPrice, Name, ProductListings)
- ProductLicense (ExpirationDate, IsActive, IsConsumable, ProductId)
- ProductListing (Description, FormattedPrice, ImageUri, Keywords, Name, ProductId, ProductType, Tag)
- CurrentApp (GetAppReceiptAsync, LoadListingInformationAsync, LoadListingInformationByKeywordsAsync, RequestProductPurchageAsync)
I hope these classes will be available to use in applications. They could be useful in making marketplace apps!
The Launcher class has LaunchFileAsync and LaunchUriAsync. The summary of LaunchUriAsync is: Starts the default app associated with the specified file or protocol.
I tried it with the protocol mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org and it launched the mail application! It will be cool if applications can register file type. Please note that I did not see a way to do that.
There are a lot more, but because I’m not sure if they will be available in the release version, it will better to wait for the final bits of the SDK.
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