Windows Phone: Visual Studio templates for creating a new app

Edit: I’ve updated this template to make it a Universal app and added a first-run tutorial!

Some of my articles about Windows Phone development have been focused implementing things that every app needs, like settings that are easily set in a UI. A similar article that I haven’t gotten around to is writing a proper About page. I figured instead of writing an article I’d make a Visual Studio template with an About page, so when you’re creating a new app you can use it and get it easily. So…here you go!

Downloads: – template for WP 7.1 apps – template for WP 8.0 apps

Create the directory DocumentsVisual Studio 2012TemplatesProjectTemplatesVisual C#Windows Phone, and download the templates to that directory. Next time you start Visual Studio and create a new project, you should see two new choices: “Windows Phone App with About page (7.1)” and “Windows Phone App with About page (8.0)”. After creating from one of those templates, follow the instructions in README.txt.


– UserSettings class and settings page:

– About page with contact info and review button:

– Tips page:

– Page for linking to other apps

Problems? Feedback? More things you’d like to see in the template? Let me know at @gregstoll or!

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