Developing apps on Windows RT tablets

Now, that Windows 8 is globally available and you can buy Windows RT tablets, finally you can test your apps not only in the simulator but also on a real hardware. The question is, how can you develop on a tablet?

The first thing you have to know is, that Visual Studio doesn’t run on ARM, but only on x86/x64 platforms. Instead you have to download, install and run Remote Tools for Visual Studio 2012 on the tablet device. Although it doesn’t look like a real Metro style application, don’t worry, it will run on the tablet.

Now, go back to Visual Studio, and select Remote Machine when you start your app:


From here on, everything is quite obvious: specify the remote machine, request a developer licence etc.

Remote testing and remote profiling works similarly easy, and you can read more about it in Jason Zaner’s article.


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