• Apps vs. applications


    Ed Tittel

    By Ed Tittel

    In Windows 10 and 11, there are two parallel architectures for building executables.

    Let’s call the older and more familiar architecture “applications.” It uses traditional, more conventional development tools and frameworks and results in programs that typically run as .exe files.

    The newer alternative was introduced with the debut of Windows 8 in 2012 as “Metro-style apps,” using tiles in the Windows Start menu with a variety of executable formats based on what is called .appx technology.

    Read the full story in our Plus Newsletter (20.42.0, 2023-10-16).