This Week on Windows: New LinkedIn app, organize your photos and more

We hope you enjoyed today’s episode of This Week on Windows! Head over here to learn all about the new LinkedIn app for Windows 10 PCs, check out the Apps to Study and Play Collection, read this week’s Windows 10 Tip on getting started with the Photos app and Sway – or, keep reading for what’s new in the Windows Store.

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Learn how indie games are providing a platform to showcase creativity and diversity in the latest episode of our .future podcast

.future podcast

We recently launched .future, a new podcast about making the future happen. In this week’s episode, we’re talking about the ‘Moonlights’ and ‘Napoleon Dynamites’ – the indie games that are breaking out, changing paradigms and making a case for independence in gaming. Head over here to listen to our own Major Nelson & Katie Stone Perez discuss the gaming industry and how to support indie developers!

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Here’s what’s new in the Windows Store this week:

Groove playlists – Best Beats for the Beach

Groove playlist

Groove knows what a great day at the shore should sound like, and its Best Beats for the Beach playlists bring together awesome music in a series of can’t-miss mixes. Wherever you are, Groove has a playlist for your mood – from Poolside, to Chill on the Beach, to Upbeat Tempo and the Wind-Down.

Adobe Photoshop Elements 15 Sale – Buy for $69.99

Adobe Photoshop Elements 15 Sale

Technology makes it easy to capture images every day, but keeping them organized, easy to find and easy to share is where Adobe Photoshop Elements 15 ($69.99 through July 30, 2017; regularly $99.99) comes in. Now on sale for 30% off through July 30, Adobe PSE makes photo and video organization, editing, creating, and sharing as simple as it gets.

Apps to Study and Play

Apps to study and play in the Windows Store

Apps to Study and Play Collection is a special selection of 18 helpful, handy apps to accompany students through another year of studying and accomplishment. Popular titles include Nebo, Complete Anatomy, Duolingo, Khan Academy and much more. Check out the whole selection in the Windows Store today!

The Strain, Season 4 – Buy from $16.99

THE STRAIN - Pictured: Rupert Penry-Jones as Quinlan. CR: James Minchin/FX

It all comes down to the final fight. After a nuclear apocalypse, does humanity stand a chance against the vampiric strigoi? Watch the final season of the terrifying horror series The Strain ($24.99 HD, $16.99 SD) available now in the Movies & TV section of the Windows Store.

Have a great weekend!

Windows Template Studio 1.2 released!

We’re extremely excited to announce the Windows Template Studio 1.2. What makes this release even more special is we’ve been accepted into the .NET Foundation! We are thrilled to be accepted in.

What’s new:

For the full list of adjustments in the 1.2 release, head over to WTS’s Github.

Improvements to the Wizard:

  • Add new content to existing WTS generated projects in your solution window via right-click
    • We will be working toward seeing how we can enable this for non-WTS generated projects
  • Adjusted ordering of templates based on popularity and logical groupings
  • Under the hood, we’ve done a lot of work toward localization and started some accessibility improvements
  • Simplified descriptions
  • Logo adjustment to help at smaller icon sizes

Feature updates:

  • First-time load prompt
  • What’s New prompt

Template improvements:

Process improvements:

  • Added in pull request template
  • Added in Issue template

How to get the update:

There are two paths to update to the newest build.

  • Already installed: Visual Studio should auto update the extension. To force an update, Go to Tools->Extensions and Updates. Then go to Update expander on the left and you should see Windows Template Studio in there and click “Update.”
  • Not installed: Head to https://aka.ms/wtsinstall, click “download” and double click the VSIX installer.

What else is cooking for next versions?

We love all the community support and participation. In addition, here are just a few of the things we are currently building out that will in future builds:

  • Fluent design in the templates
  • Project Rome features as options for your project
  • Ink templates
  • Improved Right-click->add support for existing projects
  • Localization in the wizard
  • Full accessibility supported in both Wizard and in the templates
  • Visual Basic support

In partnership with the community, we will continue cranking out and iterating new features and functionality.  We’re always looking for additional people to help out and if you’re interested, please head to our GitHub at https://aka.ms/wts. If you have an idea or feature request, please make the request!

In this release, our major new feature is adding content into an existing application with Right-click add. We’ve grown up past only File->New 🙂

.NET Foundation:

We are also happy to say that we’ve been accepted into the .NET Foundation. Great open source projects like .NET Core, Roslyn, UWP Community Toolkit–and now Windows Template Studio–will be as well!