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Apps upgrade

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  • How are apps upgraded from one to another?

    Assume I published 2 apps of the same system. One is called "App_Basic" and is free, the other one is called "App_Pro" and costs $10.

    A customer has installed App_Basic and now wants to upgrade to App_Pro. Is there a mechanism on Windows Store to somehow connect those two apps so that when the user pays for and installs App_Pro, the system uninstalls App_Basic first? Or is there a special way to handle such scenario?

     
    Thursday, May 15, 2014 4:08 PM

Answers

  • If you have two separate apps like that then they are separate and not connected.

    To make an upgradable app either use the trial system and include the basic features in trial mode then activate the pro features once the app is paid for or use in-app purchases so the basic version is free and then the pro features can be purchased.

    See Adding trials and in-app purchases

    --Rob

    • Marked as answer by alexcondor Friday, May 16, 2014 7:25 AM
    • Unmarked as answer by alexcondor Friday, May 16, 2014 7:27 AM
    • Marked as answer by alexcondor Friday, May 16, 2014 7:27 AM
    Thursday, May 15, 2014 9:57 PM
  • Windows Store apps cannot affect other apps. Your second app cannot uninstall the first app. Only the user can uninstall apps.
    • Marked as answer by alexcondor Monday, May 19, 2014 7:43 AM
    Friday, May 16, 2014 1:01 PM

All replies

  • If you have two separate apps like that then they are separate and not connected.

    To make an upgradable app either use the trial system and include the basic features in trial mode then activate the pro features once the app is paid for or use in-app purchases so the basic version is free and then the pro features can be purchased.

    See Adding trials and in-app purchases

    --Rob

    • Marked as answer by alexcondor Friday, May 16, 2014 7:25 AM
    • Unmarked as answer by alexcondor Friday, May 16, 2014 7:27 AM
    • Marked as answer by alexcondor Friday, May 16, 2014 7:27 AM
    Thursday, May 15, 2014 9:57 PM
  • Thank you Rob! 

    But would it still work If I organize them as 2 different apps and the second one just uninstalls the first one before installing itself?

    -Alex

    Friday, May 16, 2014 7:25 AM
  • Windows Store apps cannot affect other apps. Your second app cannot uninstall the first app. Only the user can uninstall apps.
    • Marked as answer by alexcondor Monday, May 19, 2014 7:43 AM
    Friday, May 16, 2014 1:01 PM
  • Thank you for the answers Rob!

    -Alex

    Monday, May 19, 2014 7:47 AM