Paid app upgrades are coming to the Windows Store

Microsoft detailed some new capabilities for developers that will soon make their way to the Windows platform. With these new features, Microsoft hopes developers will be able to create even more immersive universal apps across the Windows 10 ecosystem. The company introduced new features for adding animation and effects, Ink, and more.

Developers will be able to harness the power of a PC's GPU to create more fluid and immersive animations. The new tools will support the creation of smooth, 60 fps effects, as well as depth and layering. For instance, you'll be able to create a layered blur effect that synchronizes with the zooming of a finger or mouse.

The new Visual Studio 2015 and Anniversary SDK, which enter preview today, will include over 1,000 new APIs and features. Here are just a few of them:

  • Paid app upgrades
  • Chat sync manager
  • Sensor emulators
  • Gaze input
  • HLS sample-based encryption
  • Game controller input
  • Subtitles
  • Dev analytics
  • HoloLens emulator
  • Gesture input
  • Unreal Engine 4 DX12
  • Cross-device Cortana
  • Offline maps
  • Store subscriptions
  • Video ad breaks
  • Simultaneous pen and touch
  • Motion sensing
  • Mixed reality capture

For more from Build 2016, be sure to stay tuned to the Windows Central live blog of the event.