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Introduction

  • Definition: UWP (Universal Windows Platform) is a computing platform created by Microsoft for developing apps that run on Windows 10, Windows 11, and other Windows devices.

  • Purpose: UWP aims to help developers create universal apps that can run across various Windows devices without needing to be rewritten for each one.

  • APIs: UWP apps use WinRT APIs, which provide powerful UI and advanced asynchronous features ideal for internet-connected devices.

  • Compatibility: UWP apps are compatible with Windows 10, Windows 11, Xbox, HoloLens, and other Windows devices.

  • Development: UWP apps can be developed using languages like C++, C#, VB.NET, and JavaScript, and can be programmed using Visual Studio.

  • Features: UWP apps are secure, can use a common API across all Windows devices, adapt to different screen sizes, and can be distributed via the Microsoft Store.

  • Monetization: Developers can monetize UWP apps through paid downloads, trials, in-app purchases, and more.

Features [1]

  • Security: UWP apps declare which device resources and data they access, and users must authorize that access.

  • Common API: UWP provides a common app platform on every device that runs Windows, ensuring compatibility across devices.

  • Adaptive UI: UWP apps can adapt their UI to different screen sizes, resolutions, and DPI.

  • Microsoft Store: UWP apps can be distributed through the Microsoft Store, making them available on all Windows devices.

  • Engagement: UWP apps can use live tiles, push notifications, and user activities to engage users.

  • Programming Languages: UWP apps can be programmed in C#, C++, Visual Basic, and JavaScript.

  • Installation: UWP apps can be installed and uninstalled without risk to the machine.

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Development [2]

  • Tools: Visual Studio Community and the Windows SDK are essential tools for UWP app development.

  • Languages: UWP apps can be developed using C++, C#, VB.NET, and JavaScript.

  • APIs: UWP apps use WinRT APIs, which provide powerful UI and advanced asynchronous features.

  • Setup: Developers need to download the necessary tools and SDK to start creating UWP apps.

  • Design: The Fluent Design System is used for creating UWP apps that perform well on all Windows devices.

  • Extension SDKs: These allow UWP apps to call specialized APIs for different devices.

  • Adaptive Controls: UI elements in UWP apps respond to the size and DPI of the screen they are running on.

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Compatibility [3]

  • Devices: UWP apps are compatible with Windows 10, Windows 11, Xbox, HoloLens, and other Windows devices.

  • APIs: UWP apps use a common API surface across all Windows devices.

  • Extension SDKs: These allow UWP apps to take advantage of device-specific capabilities.

  • Screen Sizes: UWP apps can adapt their UI to different screen sizes and resolutions.

  • Input Types: UWP apps work well with multiple types of input such as keyboard, mouse, touch, pen, and game controllers.

  • Store Distribution: UWP apps can be distributed via the Microsoft Store to all compatible devices.

  • Legacy Apps: Older Metro-style apps for Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1 need modifications to migrate to UWP.

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Monetization [1]

  • Paid Downloads: Developers can set a price for users to download their UWP app.

  • Trials: Users can try the app before buying it, which can increase discoverability and conversion.

  • In-App Purchases: Developers can offer additional content or features for purchase within the app.

  • Sale Prices: Developers can set sale prices to incentivize users to purchase the app.

  • Microsoft Store: The store provides multiple ways to make money on your app.

  • Analytics: UWP apps integrate with Application Insights for detailed telemetry and analytics.

  • MSIX Packaging: UWP apps can be packaged with MSIX and distributed via the Microsoft Store or other methods.

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Examples [4]

  • Duolingo: A popular language learning app available as a UWP app.

  • eBay: The online marketplace has a UWP app for Windows devices.

  • FourSquare: A location-based social networking app available as a UWP app.

  • Facebook Messenger: The messaging app is available as a UWP app.

  • PicsArt: A photo editing app available as a UWP app.

  • Polarr: A photo editing app with in-app purchases available as a UWP app.

  • Viber: A messaging and calling app available as a UWP app.

  • VLC: A media player available as a UWP app.

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Current Usage [5]

  • Deprecation: Microsoft has officially deprecated UWP, but developers with existing UWP apps can continue to use them.

  • WinUI 3: Developers looking for the latest runtime, language, and platform features are encouraged to use WinUI 3.

  • WebView 2: Another alternative for developers seeking modern features.

  • Support: Microsoft will continue to push feature updates for UWP/WinUI 2 for at least another year.

  • Market Presence: UWP apps are still present in the Microsoft Store and used by many users.

  • Transition: Developers are encouraged to transition to newer platforms like WinUI 3 for future development.

  • Community: There is still an active community of developers maintaining and updating UWP apps.

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Gaming [6]

  • Opportunities: UWP offers new opportunities to create, distribute, and monetize games.

  • DirectX: UWP games support DirectX 11.1 or later.

  • Limitations: UWP games have faced criticism for technical restrictions like incompatibility with multi-video card setups and difficulties with modding.

  • Improvements: Microsoft has added support for AMD FreeSync, Nvidia G-Sync, and unlocked frame rates to UWP.

  • Distribution: UWP games can be distributed via the Microsoft Store.

  • Reception: Mixed reception from the gaming community, with some developers preferring traditional Win32 architecture.

  • Future: Microsoft continues to address issues to improve the viability of UWP for PC games.

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