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  • The furor over UWP’s death knell

    Posted on May 10th, 2019 at 07:53 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    For once, I’m with Paul Thurrott and Mary Jo Foley on this: UWP is on its way out and there’s nothing the fanbois can do to stop the shift. We saw the same thing happen with ActiveX and Silverlight – Microsoft getting devs all fired up about using a new technology, only to have the rug pulled out from under them.

    You can define “UWP” in a million different ways – the API, the interface, the “Store app” location. There are parts of UWP that’ll be absorbed into other Microsoft products. That absorption is under way now. You can think of the absorption as a manifestation of UWP’s longevity. But the push on devs to build UWP apps or be left in the dust? The “Win10 ├╝ber alles” mindset? That’s headed out the door.

    If that makes me a hater, so be it.

    If you have a strong stomach, take a look at the Reddit Windows 10 forum.

    Zac Bowden has a contrary opinion on Windows Central, but I don’t buy it.

    You can draw your own conclusions, but everything I’ve seen points to an extended, painful demise of UWP as we know it. And I, for one, won’t miss it.

    Long live Google’s (and, now, Microsoft’s) Progressive Web Apps. Part of this is semantics — the difference between UWP and PWA is declining rapidly. But the part about a truly “universal” experience, beyond the confines of Win10, is the way of the future.

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