Microsoft is currently introducing a new Command Line for app developers who are looking to develop apps for the Universal Windows Platform. With the latest new feature, the company says that the app developer can call an app directly from the command line.

The feature is currently available for Insiders starting with build 16226 and above. The company says that this new feature will build an App extension which is already available for the Desktop Bridge apps and for developers to use this feature they would need the below additions:

  • Add an app extension to your app manifest.
  • Override On Activated and handle the incoming arguments.

With this feature the developers can take advantage of common app testing like activating the app with a defined set of values. It also allows developers to provide a file name on the command line which the app can load if the data is too long or complex.

With the introduction of Command Line Activation of UWA Microsoft is trying to close in the gap created between the traditional Win32 app development and UWA development.

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