Windows Platform Features
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last updated: 2016-02
Developing Xamarin.Forms applications for Windows platforms requires Visual Studio. The requirements page contains more information about the pre-requisites.
The Xamarin.Forms templates available in Visual Studio contain three Windows projects:
- Windows 8.1 - You can deploy Xamarin.Forms apps to tablet and desktop form-factors as a Windows 8.1 app project using WinRT controls.
- Windows Phone 8.1 - Xamarin.Forms has full support for the Windows Phone 8.1 platform using WinRT. The look and feel of apps using Windows Phone 8.1 support may be different to your earlier Xamarin.Forms Windows Phone apps that were based on Silverlight.
- Universal Windows Platform Apps - Xamarin.Forms apps can also be optimized for Windows 10. Universal (UWP) apps can run on phone, tablet, and desktop devices. This application project type is currently in PREVIEW.
Go to File > New > Project in Visual Studio and choose one of the Cross-Platform > Blank App (Xamarin.Forms) templates to get started.
Older Xamarin.Forms solutions, or those created on OS X, will not have all the Windows projects listed above (but they need to be manually added). If the Windows platform you wish to target isn't already in your solution, vist the setup instructions to add the desired Windows project type/s.
The "Scott Hanselman" demo app is available separately, and also includes Apple Watch and Android Wear projects (using Xamarin.iOS and Xamarin.Android respectively, Xamarin.Forms does not run on those platforms).