Empty Apps vs. Templates
- Create an empty app, which allows you to build an app from scratch by adding Sections and Data Sources and configuring its content and style using your own creativity.
- Create an app from a template, which allows you to start with a previously generated app as a guide. Use a pre-configured app setup with your own customized content and layout, and you can also add new Sections and Data Sources. Click on a template tile in order to display more information about that app’s layout and purpose as well as screenshots.
- You can also create a Web App Template, which allows you to create a web app from scratch by entering a base URL and various App Bar buttons.
Once you have selected the type of app you want, insert a name, add a description, and select an icon. The icon must be in .png format and measure 160 x 160 px. This icon should also serve as your app tile, which will represent your app on the start screen of a Windows Phone or Windows device. Save a copy of it in 300 x 300 as well as you’ll need that if you decide to publish your app. Now it’s time to add Application Sections and Data Sources.