Desktop Bridge converts old apps into modern Windows Store apps

By: Costea Lestoc
2 minute read

Exactly a year ago, there were over 669,000 applications available on the Windows Store. Then, Microsoft had a dream: to give users the ability to create Universal Windows Platform applications that can be installed on a variety of devices running on Windows 10. That goal was achieved after the introduction of the platform-homogeneous application architecture in the new Windows 10 operating system.

Another step towards that dream has occurred recently: Microsoft launched Desktop Bridge, which allows developers to convert desktop applications into modern apps and bring them to the Windows Store.

Developers who don’t have enough resources to create new Universal apps can use Desktop Bridge, a process that allows them to quickly convert desktop apps into modern apps using the Desktop Bridge Converter tool. In addition, they are able to enhance their converted applications by adding modern functionalities such as Cortana, notifications, and Live Tiles.

So far, there are many awesome applications that have been created for Windows 10, 8.1, 8 and 7 that can’t be installed on mobile devices and whose developers can’t afford to use the Universal Windows Platform method to create a new Universal app. So, Microsoft came up with a solution in the form of Desktop Bridge, which makes things easier for developers to bring their apps to the Store without knowing code.

At this point, from the Windows Store you can download the following apps that have been converted with Desktop Bridge: Arduino IDE, doubleTwist, Evernote, korAccount, MAGIX Movie Edit Pro, PhotoScape, Predicted Desire, Relab, SQL Pro, Virtual Robotics Kit and Voya Media. In the coming months, more apps will be added.

There are many benefits to using Desktop Bridge. One big on will be the influx of high-quality applications published to the Store because Microsoft will check their code to make sure they work perfectly.

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