With Windows 10, Microsoft finally arrived to the point where they can provide a so called Universal Windows Platform, a set of APIs that are available for developers on all kinds of Windows 10 based devices: PC, Mobile, Xbox One, HoloLens, Surface Hub and even IoT and Server. This is not much news, we’ve been talking about these apps for years now, but a less-known thing is that this platform is not just for apps but also for drivers.
In a recent article Windows Central tried to demystify what UWP really means, what it stands for, what apps should be called “UWP apps”. After a reasonably long, deep, technical argument they still managed to arrive to the wrong conclusion, so let me please clear this up once and for all.
Microsoft is already pushing the Gaming story pretty hard with the Xbox One family and the more traditional PC Gaming, but they also have to conquer newer markets like VR and mobile gaming. Continue reading
Recently Spotify brought their Desktop and even more recently, their TV app to the Windows Store. This is good news so far for all the people who were waiting for the popular music streaming service to become available through the Store, and also good news for Xbox users who were eagerly waiting for Spotify to break their PlayStation exclusivity.
But the app is also a perfect example to how not to use the Windows Store as a publisher.
With the Creators Update, Microsoft introduced a new feature in the system – Book reading.
They did a relatively decent job, started a new section in the Windows Store and added reader capabilities to Edge, like having a nice home page for your books, showing progress, etc., they also added support for EPUB in Edge, and though it’s not strictly part of the reading experience, the Night Light feature helps a lot when reading for a longer time.
But the problem is, this whole thing is just not quite ready for production.
Here are a couple of things, I’d like to see on this front. Continue reading
Microsoft made an excellent job at inventing and making successful the 2-in-1 form factor. They pretty much took away Apple’s and Google’s tablet business, leaving them only with their smartphone offerings. But they didn’t win the war, not just yet and I think the lack of PR for this new category of touch capable devices and apps is the only thing holding them back.