Sunday September 18, 2016

Desktop Apps Are Finally Coming To The Windows Store

Thanks to Desktop Bridge, developers can convert existing W32 apps to universal apps, which not only allows them to be installed on a wider variety of devices but also featured and distributed in the Windows Store. I’m not sure this is anything to get excited about for desktop users, though, since installation of universal apps seems less customizable, and you could merely grab the .exe or .msi installer.

Evernote, Arduino IDE, doubleTwist, PhotoScape, MAGIX Movie Edit Pro, Virtual Robotics Kit, Relab, SQL Pro, Voya Media, Predicted Desire, and korAccount are all available in the Windows Store this week, and many more are expected in the coming months. It's a change that could mean the Windows Store will be a useful way to truly roam PCs and quickly install your favorite apps. We'll have to wait on developers to take advantage of the Desktop Bridge tool to actually convert apps, but this conversion should make it easier for existing desktop apps to move over to Microsoft's universal platform.