Is UWP doom certain after the collapse of Windows Mobile?

By: Aleksandar Ognjanovic
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As Microsoft just officially conferred the earnings for the second quarter of the fiscal year 2018, with the incredible growth in cloud department (15% in comparison t the previous quarter), we can only look forward to more successful long-term investments and development in all related areas. With the special emphasis on smart cloud services and gaming industry, we can’t overlook the UWP, the idea of universal Windows Platform for the creation and utilization of Windows apps.

However, even though this is the interesting concept, something which unifies Windows platform combining various system and device variations for the better end-user experience, there’s still the one big question waiting to be answered. Is the UWP, taking into consideration the downfall of the Windows Mobile Platform, something which is worth following through?

Tom Warren, the Senior Editor at The Verge, one of the most influential tech publications, begs to disagree with the overwhelming hype surrounding UWP, no matter how much it’s advertised with the innovations like the Fluent design.

Here’s what he had to say on Twitter:

”UWP is a dead idea without mobile right now. Sure, you can look to an AR future, but I’d wager the leading mobile platforms will take us there. Microsoft cares about consumers, but it doesn’t know how to connect with them. Built-in Windows 10 apps are evidence of that.”

Furthermore, as the domino effect, this created a rather fruitful discussion on the subreddit dedicated to Windows 10. It seems that the consensus is that ”Microsoft is too late to the party”. One Redditor explained his stance on the subject:

”Unfortuantely Microsoft had years to make UWP successful but it seems it hasn’t worked. I can’t find a single UWP that is better or at least competitive to an old desktop app. Most of the devs picked Electron for simple apps instead, because it’s easier to port them to MacOS or Linux.

I love the Modern UI design, and the apps look beatiful, but I can’t use them if they’re inferior to the competition.”

With everything in mind, what are your thoughts on UWP? Can this platform take its place within the grandeur of Android or iOS, MacOS or Linux, or it’s doomed to shut down like the Windows Mobile itself eventually will?

Please, feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below.

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