Desktop apps make their way into the Windows Store


(credit: Sean Gallagher)

Traditional desktop Windows applications can now be distributed and sold through the Windows Store, with note-taking application Evernote being one of the first to use this new capability.

Until now, applications built for and sold through the Windows Store in Windows 10 have been built for the Universal Windows Platform (UWP), the common set of APIs that spans Windows 10 across all the many devices it supports. This has left one major category of application, the traditional desktop application built using the Win32 API, behind.

Announced at Build 2015, codename Project Centennial—now officially titled the Desktop App Converter—is Microsoft’s solution to this problem. It allows developers to repackage existing Win32 applications with few or no changes and sell them through the store. Applications packaged this way aren’t subject to all the sandbox restrictions that UWP applications are, ensuring that most will work unmodified. But they are also given the same kind of clean installation, upgrading, and uninstallation that we’ve all come to expect from Store-delivered software.

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