Windows (Universal) Apps

With the introduction of Windows 10, Microsoft is taking a refreshed approach to windows app development, presenting the universal app platform (UAP) as a consistent API surface across every Windows device.

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Windows (Universal) Apps

With the introduction of Windows 10, Microsoft is taking a refreshed approach to windows app development, presenting the universal app platform (UAP) as a consistent API surface across every Windows device, from desktop PCs and Windows Phones to Xbox consoles, IoT devices and even the HoloLens virtual reality environment. The UAP provides the target for universal Windows app development, while platform-specific APIs allow developers to access functionality specific to each client type -- for instance, exposing the phone dialer or GPS functionality on the phone. Developers can choose to compile an app so that the resulting binary will run on any Windows 10 target, or they can select which platform the compiled binary will support.

The handling of user interfaces has changed as well. A Windows 10 feature called Adaptive UX enables Windows apps to update their presentation based on the current screen size. Controls optimized for a desktop screen, for example, can automatically adapt to a more compact presentation when the app is run on a Windows Phone. Apps will also benefit from the revised interface scheme in Windows 10, which provides a less rigid environment for app UIs, including support for windowed applications.

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