WordPad, Fax & Scan and other Windows Accessories available in Windows Store as Centennial apps

By: Madeleine Dean
2 minute read

Microsoft wants to extend the array of apps its users can access via Project Centennial. The aim of this project is to allow developers to upload classic Win32 apps to the Windows Store so that they can be used by Windows 10 users on x86 processors.

If you have checked out the Microsoft Store lately, you may have noticed that a series of apps such as Fax & Scan, Charmap, Wordpad appear on the app list. These apps are not available for download although the “Get the app” button is there. Not even Insiders are able to download the apps yet, but maybe the next build will allow them to be the first to test these apps out. This could be a sign that Microsoft is really embracing this technology and it could be the company’s answer to the numerous user complaints about the scarcity of Windows apps.

It appears that Microsoft is fully committed to Project Centennial and is making all the necessary steps to make developers’ work easier. The tech giant has recently released the Desktop App Converter, a tool that developers can use to convert any Win32 or .NET app or game to the UWP. The tool is now available for testing and is expected to reach its full potential when the Anniversary Update for Windows 10 is released.

As far as the recent apps are concerned, they offer the following features:

  • WordPad: Aa basic word-processing program you can use to create and edit documents. This program lets you include formatted text (italic, bold, and underline) and graphics.
  • The XPS Viewer: Aa program you can use to view, search, set permissions for, and digitally sign XPS documents.
  • Windows Fax & Scan: Use Windows Fax and Scan to send a fax using your computer and scan documents or photos. Attach a scanner to your computer, download the app and you’re done.
  • Character Map: View the characters that are available in a selected font. Copy individual characters or a group of characters to the Clipboard and paste them into any program that can display them.

We’ll keep on checking out the Microsoft Store to see when these apps are available for download or if Microsoft adds more such apps. Speaking of basic Windows programs, check out this article if you want to know how to find Windows Accessories in Windows 10.


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