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  • Foley: Is UWP dead?

    Posted on May 8th, 2019 at 10:50 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Mary Jo interviewed Kevin Gallo, Corporate VP of the Windows Developer Platform, and reported on the conversation in ZDNet:

    Microsoft’s new goal is to try to make all features available to all of the Windows frameworks. Saying that Microsoft is dropping or deprecating any of the Windows frameworks seems to have been declared from on-high as a big no-no. Instead, Win32, UWP, Windows Presentation Foundation are all “elevated to full status,” as Gallo told me.

    (For those not up on the acronyms, UWP apps are the programs that only run on Windows 10. They were once called WinRT apps, then Metro apps, although there are differences among the definitions. And UWP apps were once synonymous with Microsoft Store apps. I’ve been predicting UWP’s demise for more than a year.)

    Gallo’s pronouncements sound, to me, like the same sort of drivel we heard when ActiveX was being tossed under the bus. Silverlight was the same way. And a gazillion other developer technologies that Microsoft tried and discarded.

    Mary Jo concludes:

    My main take-away from chatting with Gallo: The days of trying to push Windows developers to build and/or repackage their apps to be UWP/Store apps seemingly are over. It’s now Windows apps or bust.

    Good article.