Windows Universal Apps announced at BUILD

Posted on 02 April 2014 by

At the opening keynote of the BUILD developer conference in San Francisco today Microsoft announced something that will completely change the way application development is approached for Windows 8 Phone and Windows 8. Windows Runtime is now going to be supported across both Phone and Modern to allow cross-platform development. Visual Basic tools have been updated to support the new cross-device development mode.

Update: Universal apps coming to Xbox. The Windows dev economy just tipped!

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In a live demo at BUILD a Windows Phone 8.1 variant was added via a new shared node in Visual Studio, in just a few minutes.


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The biggest part of the announcement made by Microsoft is that the Store is going to show the multi-platform apps and will allow a cross-platform single-purchase model.

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This is a huge, huge announcement that opens the doors to cross-Windows development by reducing the cost to port to almost insignificant amounts of effort and by offering value to consumers through a buy-once, use everywhere model.

Microsoft BUILD press releases and blog posts:

  • The Microsoft press release is available here.
  • The Microsoft Blog has a post about the announcements here. 
  • The Microsoft Experience blog has a post here.

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  • Alan

    This is great news. I don’t have a Windows phone but are there any popular currently phone only apps? I don’t actually have any current plans to switch to a Windows phone but I do plan on getting a Windows 8 UMPC. If I do use a different phone OS other than Android, it’ll probably to test out Ubuntu Touch.

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