Desktop App Converter: Microsoft’s Tool To Convert Old Software To Modern Windows 10 Apps


centennial desktop app converterShort Bytes: Microsoft has launched the preview version of its Desktop App Converter tool. This software will help the Windows developers to turn older Win32 and .Net software into modern Universal Windows Platform (UWP) applications for cross-platform Windows 10 applications.

At this year’s Build 2016 Developer Conference, Microsoft announced Desktop App Converter, an important tool to help old-school Windows developers learn new tricks.

It’s a tool that transforms old Win32 and .Net apps into modern Universal Windows Platform (UWP) applications that run on multiple devices of different form factors — Windows 10 computers, Windows 10 tablets, Windows 10 Mobile, Xbox One, and HoloLens headset.

A preview version of the Desktop App Converter app is now available for download. While the tool won’t be converting the apps with just the click of a button, it makes the jobs of developers a lot easier.

It’s a widely known fact that Redmond is betting big and heavy on the Universal Windows Platform apps. Dubbed Project Centennial, the tool will also help to extend the apps with quaint Windows 10 features or UWP.

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Here’s what a developer can achieve while working with the Desktop App Converter app:

Features of Microsoft’s Windows 10 Desktop App Converter tool

  • Users will be able to call extra UWP APIs, even from the full-trust partition.
  • Make the installation smoother for end users.
  • Use the tool to publish their apps to the Windows Store.
  • Add UWP features like live tile updates, UWP background tasks, app services etc.
  • App will be able to receive the automatic update and built-in licensing.
  • By opting to shift all the functionality of their app to app container partition from the full-trust partition, one can run the app on any device powered by Windows 10.

To run the tool, you need to be running the latest Windows 10 Insider Build of the upcoming Anniversary Update.

Visit Microsoft’s website to download the preview: Desktop App Converter

Adarsh Verma

Adarsh Verma

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