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How to Associate Your Web Site With Your Windows Store App

 

(And how to light up Get this App in Modern UI IE 10 or 11)

I previously posted an article on how to associate your web site with a pinned Live Tile. Today, I’m going to provide some information on how to associate your web site with your Windows Store Application so that visitors can automatically see that you have an app for your site and navigate directly to it in the Windows Store if they wish to install it.

You may have noticed in Windows 8.0 or 8.1 that using the Modern UI version of Internet Explorer that when you select the wrench icon on the AppBar, an entry named Get this App appears, but is greyed out for most sites.

As of today, when you visit Digitalmediaphile.com you will see that the site is now associated with Barb’s Connected World Blog Reader in the Windows Store.

Enabling this is easy to do (I had to hunt around to find a site actually using this as it is not really documented anywhere.)

I added two lines to header.php in my wordpress theme:

<meta name="msApplication-ID" content="App" />
<meta name="25241Digitalmediaphile.BarbsConnectedWorldBlogRead_m2thxh7x439cm" />

The first entry should be exactly as listed above. The second entry is obtained by examining a computer where the app is installed and getting the name from

C:\Users\YOUR USER NAME\AppData\Local\Packages

 

In the screen shots below, you can see that the standard wrench icon now has an extra item, signifying that there is extended functionality.

IE11 on Windows 8.1 Preview:

associated with app

 

Close up view of icon:

 

ie 11 shortcut menu

IE 10 on Windows 8.0

 

get app app bar

If you are using the Windows 8.1 Preview and Modern IE 11, and don’t have my app installed, you will see

ie get app when not installed

And on Windows 8.0, using Modern UI IE 10, you will see

 

ie10 shortcut menu

As you’d expect, when you select Get app for this site, The Windows Store will open and display Barb’s Connected World and you can install the app.

Once my app is installed, if you happen to visit my site and are not using the associated app, you can easily switch TO my app, as shown below in the screen shot using IE 11 on Windows Preview 8.1

 

when installed on ie11 8.1

Win 8 Photo’s App and incomplete Facebook and Flickr Albums

 

There have been multiple user questions and complaints in the Microsoft Community Forums about displaying large cloud based photo collections – Facebook, Flickr, and SkyDrive – in the Windows 8 Metro Photos App.

photosappcloud

User complaints range from not being able to display albums with over 100 pictures to 500 pictures and/or not being able to display when there are a large number of albums themselves.

photsappcloud2

 

There has finally been an explanation for this poor performance from William Sproule, MSFT":

 

The Photos app will attempt to sync a preview resolution copy of your Flickr, Facebook or Skydrive photos onto your machine.  It attempts to pull down the preview file up to 3 times before giving up in most cases.  If you come back to the app more than 15 minutes later and navigate into the folder again (both 15 min and navigate in are required), it should try again.  Repeated attempts like this may enable you to get your full collection cached on your Windows 8 machine.

You can determine the space used by the Photos app (and all modern apps) in modern PC Settings – General – View app sizes button.  If you feel an app is consuming too much space, you can decide to uninstall it to reclaim that space (deletes app data which could include what you might consider documents depending on the app).  For photos, since the app only stores a cache of your Flickr, Facebook and Skydrive files, you can always get to those files again on those services or reinstall the Photos app and cache them again at a later date.

In effect, it would seem a slower speed Internet Connection would mean lower capabilities to pull down these preview files, which might explain why users seem to find different limitations.

Sadly, not a good experience.

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