WinRT and Windows Store App Development with Embarcadero Prism XE3

By: Tim DelChiaro

Abstract: Windows Store Development with Oxygene blog post from Jim McKeeth

This is a re-post of a blog post from Jim McKeeth. To comment on the blog post or see comments, please click the blog post title below to see the original post.

Note that Oxygene for .NET and Embarcadero Prism are two names for the same product. It is called Oxygene for .NET when sold standalone or part of an Oxygene bundle by RemObjects and it's called Embarcadero Prism when sold as part of RAD Studio. 

  Windows Store Development with Oxygene

November 1, 2012 in .NETMetroOxygenePrismWindows

When Microsoft released the Visual Studio 2012 Shell, support for building Windows Store apps (formerly known as Metro apps) was missing. This certainly frustrates Windows Store Development with Oxygene which ships with the Shell.

Fortunately I’ve found a work-around to this annoying omission. Simply install Visual Studio 2012 Express for Windows 8 (free download) and then install (or re-install) Oxygene for .NET. This activates the support for WinRT templates and the Modern UI designers in the Shell. After that you can use the WinRT and Modern UI designers in the Shell with Oxygene for .NET.

The Visual Studio Shell and the Express Editions share many resources. As long as the Express Edition is installed, the Visual Studio Shell has WinRT and Modern UI support available for use in Oxygene for .NET development. The Express edition does not support Oxygene, so you will need to continue using the Shell.

Update: It was reported that it may be necessary to uninstall the Shell if you have trouble installing the Express Edition. So if you run into trouble you might try that.

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