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Project Reunion: Microsoft is bringing UWP and Win32 apps together as “Windows apps”

Microsoft sort of tried to reinvent the Windows app a few years ago by introducing Universal Windows Platform apps designed to run across a range of devices including PCs, phones, Xbox consoles, and Hololens. The concept hasn’t been a runaway success story, and many developers have continued to stick with the old-fashioned Win32 application platform. […]

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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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Kodi media center now available for the Xbox One (coming full circle)

Kodi is a popular, open source application that turns a PC, an Android device, or many other gadgets into a full fledged media center with a TV-friendly user interface for accessing music, movies, photos, and more. It got its start many years ago as a project designed to turn the original Xbox game console into […]

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Windows 10 might soon let you block non-Windows Store apps from installing

Microsoft is working on the next major update to Windows 10, but if you’re a member of the Windows Insider Program you don’t have to wait for the Windows 10 Creators Update to be released to try some of the new features. Almost every week Microsoft releases a new preview build of the operating system […]

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Amazon is pulling the plug on its Kindle app for the Windows Store

Amazon’s been offering a version of its Kindle app through the Windows Store since Windows 8 was released. But now the company is scrapping that version of its app and instead recommending Windows users install the Kindle for PC desktop app, which is compatible with Windows 7 or later. Have a Windows RT tablet? Then […]

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Kodi Media Center now available as a Windows Store app (Universal Windows Platform)

The popular cross-platform media center app Kodi is now available from the Windows Store. That means you can download the app from the store, get automatic updates from the store, and don’t ever have to visit the Kodi website again (unless you want to).   According to the Kodi blog, there are also benefits for developers, […]

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Videolan launches a Windows 10 universal app (beta)

It took a little longer than expected, but Videolan has finally released a beta of the VLC media player app for Windows 10. VLC 2.0 for Windows 10 is based on the Universal Windows Platform (UWP), which means it should run on desktops, tablets, and smartphones. The app should adjust to different screen sizes and […]

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VLC media player Universal Windows app coming in May

Cross-platform media player VLC has a reputation as a Swiss Army Knife for media, allowing you to play pretty much any audio or video file you can find. There are versions of VLC available for Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, and a handful of other platforms… and soon there’ll be a version designed for Microsoft’s Universal […]

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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 […]