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Microsoft is pulling the plug on its ad service for Universal Windows Platform apps (another nail in the coffin)

Universal Windows Platform (UWP) apps probably seemed like when Microsoft unveiled the idea in 2014. Basically UWP apps are the Windows 10 follow-up to the “Metro” apps designed for Windows 8 and distributed via the Microsoft Store, the idea was to create a class of apps that could run across a range of devices including […]

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Microsoft releases tool for converting classic Windows apps to Universal apps

Microsoft’s Universal Windows Platform (UWP) lets developers create apps that can run across a range of devices including phones, tablets, desktops, and even the Xbox One game console and upcoming HoloLens wearable computer. The company introduced UWP with the launch of Windows 10 in 2015, and not only do UWP apps run on devices with […]

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Is Microsoft trying to turn Windows into a “walled garden?”

There are a lot of nice things about app stores like the Google Play Store for Android and App Store for iOS. You don’t have to scour the internet to find apps, they’re all in one place. There are mechanisms in place that make it difficult for malware to pose as legitimate applications (or at […]

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Microsoft Office as a Universal Windows app spotted… sort of

Microsoft may have abandoned plans to launch a tool that lets developers convert their Android apps into Windows Universal apps. But the company continues to offer tools to iOS and web developers, and later this year Microsoft will release Project Centennial, which allows developers to convert classic Windows apps into Universal apps. And it looks like […]

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Microsoft kills Windows Bridge for Android, still wants developers to port apps

In 2015 Microsoft unveiled four new tools to help developer ports their existing apps to the Windows 10 Universal App platform. One of those platforms has been delayed, two are already live, and one… is dead. Microsoft now says it will not release the previously planned Windows Bridge for Android. But the company would still […]

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Netflix, Pandora, and others launch Universal Windows apps

Microsoft introduced support for a new type of app with the launch of Windows 10. Universal apps are designed to be able to run across a range of hardware and screen sizes, allowing the same app to work on a phone, tablet, PC, and TV screen. But none of that matters unless developers actually release […]

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This is how Win32 apps can become Windows Store apps

Microsoft recently introduced a set of tools that will let developers take existing Android, iOS, web, or classic Windows apps and turn them into Universal Windows Apps that can be distributed through the Windows Store. It’ll be up to developers to decide whether to use those tools, but if they do it the Windows Store might […]

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Microsoft: Universal apps are Windows apps, classic apps are Desktop apps

Microsoft’s upcoming Windows 10 is an operating system designed to run on a range of devices including smartphones, tablets, notebooks, desktops, game consoles, and even the company’s upcoming HoloLens virtual reality system. While Windows will look a little different on phones than notebooks or Xbox consoles (and it’ll include different components), each version will share […]

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Universal Windows apps arrive, run on PC, tablet, or phone

Microsoft recently introduced support for a new type of app: Universal Windows Apps which can run on pretty much any modern Windows device including phones, tablets, and desktop or notebook computers. Developers can distribute Universal Windows Apps through the Windows Store, and when customers buy an app they get a license to run it on […]

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Microsoft roadmap: Start Menu, Windows apps on Xbox, more

Microsoft is providing a sneak peek at some upcoming apps and services, including support for bringing Windows apps to the TV through an Xbox One game console, and Windows software designed for low-power “Internet of Things” devices. Oh yeah… and the Start Menu is coming back. Start Menu It won’t be ready in time for […]

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Universal Windows Apps will run on phone, tablet, PC

Microsoft makes Windows operating systems that runs on smartphones, tablets, notebooks, and desktops. Now the company is leveraging the similar code based in those operating systems to enable support for Universal Windows apps. The company is giving developers ways to create apps that will run across all Windows devices using Windows Runtime and tools including […]