Most people think of the Windows Runtime as being synonymous with the formerly-known-as “Metro” applications, now called Windows Store apps. To add to the confusion, of course, is the fact that the ARM-based version of the Windows OS is branded as Windows RT. Programmers, being lazy, like our abbreviations so the runtime has been adopted by the world at large as WinRT. Did you know you can reference WinRT from desktop applications? It’s possible, but not easy nor straightforward. There are actually two approaches you can follow if you wish to build a desktop application that references the Windows Runtime.
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