Windows 8.1 is has a lot of improvements in the OS, for XAML and HTML developers but also changes some paradigms introduced with the release of Windows 8. One of them is to make more obvious UI elements that were hidden behind gestures users could miss.
If you take a look at the music app for example you will notice that the search bar is now always visible (in the top left corner):
Whereas in the original version it was accessible only from the search charm (thus harder to find):
In the mail app, many actions were hidden in the bottom application bar and the 8.1 version now displays a visual indicator that there is something hidden here:
With a bottom bar with “…” in the bottom-right corner:
In the upcoming version of 2Day for Windows 8, I decided to follow this path and I built a simple control I called the AppBarHint control for this exact purpose. The code is more than trivial but I thought it worth a blog post more because of the idea of using it rather than the actual code.
The control is actually just a Button with a custom template applied to it. The source code is available on GitHub. Here is the template applied to the Button: