Is UWP doom certain after the collapse of Windows Mobile?

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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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  • I agree that the failure of convergence on the OS for Microsoft will render UWP a dead duck. It is not particularly nice to program and the fact that developers are not interested in it speaks volumes. But they keep pushing it. They should double down on WPF which is a great platform for the Desktop (now that we all agree that mobile is gone – and who cares about XBox).

  • It’s shameful that Microsoft with all of their resources couldn’t make a mobility platform work. They made it difficult to continue to care, with three or four reboots, made terrible deals, bought a nearly dead company after nearly drowning it in an exclusivity deal, and killing support for the few devices left on the platform that people were using. So, no, I don’t think Microsoft can pull out a victory on mobile, or even make a UWP work either. UWP lives and dies by having more than just the desktop system running the apps. Without mobile, there’s no point to the existence of the UWP platform.