Small Business Susan

How to Associate Your Web Site With Your Windows Store App

Copying this with permission from Barb Bowman who’s done some really cool stuff to bring the two sides of the blog server into the Windows 8 metro family.


Kudos to Barb as well for helping me admin the sites and for backing me up while I was gone on vacation.


How to Associate Your Web Site With Your Windows Store App | The Connected Home:
http://blogs.msmvps.com/connectedhome/2013/07/19/how-to-associate-your-web-site-with-your-windows-store-app/


(And how to light up Get this App in Modern UI IE 10 or 11)


I previously posted an article on how to associate your web site with a pinned Live Tile. Today, I’m going to provide some information on how to associate your web site with your Windows Store Application so that visitors can automatically see that you have an app for your site and navigate directly to it in the Windows Store if they wish to install it.


You may have noticed in Windows 8.0 or 8.1 that using the Modern UI version of Internet Explorer that when you select the wrench icon on the AppBar, an entry named Get this App appears, but is greyed out for most sites.


As of today, when you visit blogs.msmvps.com you will see that the site is now associated with MsMVPs Blog Reader in the Windows Store. If the App is not already installed, Get App for this site will light up in Modern IE. If MSMVPs Blog Reader App is already installed, Switch to MSMVPs.. will be displayed


 


msmvpsgetapp1


Enabling this is easy to do (I had to hunt around to find a site actually using this as it is not really documented anywhere.)


I added two lines to header.php in my wordpress theme:


<meta name=”msApplication-ID” content=”App” />
<meta name=”meta name=”msApplication-PackageFamilyName”content=”25241Digitalmediaphile.MSMVPsBlogReader_m2thxh7x439cm” />


The first entry should be exactly as listed above. The second entry is obtained by examining a computer where the app is installed and getting the name from


C:\Users\YOUR USER NAME\AppData\Local\Packages


 


 


If you are using the Windows 8.1 Preview and Modern IE 11, and don’t have my app installed, you will see


ie get app when not installed


And on Windows 8.0, using Modern UI IE 10, you will see


 


ie10 shortcut menu


As you’d expect, when you select Get app for this site, The Windows Store will open and display MsMVPs Blog Reader and you can install the app.