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Leak shows universal apps for both Windows and Windows Phone are coming

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Leak shows universal apps for both Windows and Windows Phone are coming
Microsoft is gradually traveling towards uniform Windows experience across all screen sizes - from phones through tablets to computers and larger displays. This, however, requires that developers be able to write one app, and only scale it slightly for the interface specifics on a a large or a small display.

It was rumored that with Windows Phone 8.1 Microsoft will be giving developers just that option, and leaked screenshots reveal how exactly the software giant is planning to merge WP, Win RT, and Windows Modern UI apps down the road. 

As you can see in the slideshow below, Microsoft is clearly outlining the possibility for "Universal Store" apps, with a single effort aimed at both Windows Phone and Windows. The way this will be implemented is with 80% "shared solution", and just 20% differentiation for adapting the app interface to the phone or Windows computer realities with two Visual Studio projects. This will save a ton of work for developers, and will undoubtedly ensure a boom in their projects geared towards the Windows ecosphere.

source: @AngelWZR (1)(2) via Neowin

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posted on 13 Feb 2014, 06:16

1. Skoms (Posts: 118; Member since: 03 Feb 2014)


I think wp is in great need of Apps.
But I heard that nokia microsoft should focus on Android
maybe nokia can turn their red numbers with 1st android phone ( I think so)
and not needed to be eaten up by microsoft

posted on 13 Feb 2014, 09:41 2

7. Liveitup (Posts: 1345; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


All the most popular apps are on WP now or they are on the way .

posted on 13 Feb 2014, 06:21

2. X.E.R.O. (unregistered)


I never really understood the purpose of RT but I'm glad that it'll be dead and gone.

posted on 13 Feb 2014, 07:26 1

5. wolfsaviorzx (unregistered)


So both Arm and X86 Versions of Windows could share apps. It's not going to die if you read.

posted on 13 Feb 2014, 07:04 1

3. alterecho (Posts: 1085; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)


Just as i said in another article.
@MS: Tiles+mouse =/= work

posted on 13 Feb 2014, 07:36 2

6. wolfsaviorzx (unregistered)


Tiles are just icons. Icons are set on a grid just like tiles. I havn't used my desktop for shortcuts since vista. I've used the taskbar for shortcuts in windows 7. Startmenu and desktop needs to merge.

posted on 13 Feb 2014, 09:43 3

8. Liveitup (Posts: 1345; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


I use Tiles and mouse = Easy

Makes me wonder if some people tie their shoe laces or feed themselves.

posted on 13 Feb 2014, 10:34 2

9. BobWellington (Posts: 6; Member since: 13 Feb 2014)


Is it too hard to click on big tiles?

posted on 13 Feb 2014, 13:03

10. NokiaFTW (Posts: 2046; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


Apparently, it is for Fandroids.

posted on 13 Feb 2014, 07:20 1

4. kaikuheadhunterz (Posts: 750; Member since: 18 Jul 2013)


Seems nice for developers. I'm guessing games require less work to differentiate for different devices

posted on 14 Feb 2014, 05:13

11. 7thspaceman (Posts: 1100; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)


Folks all Windows 8/8.1 smartphones and Windows RT/ Surface 2 tablets use ARMS CPU's
so it will be easy for Windows 8.1 smart phones and Windows Surface 2/ RT to use the same Apps. However the Microsoft "Surface Pro" use's X86 Intel/ AMD CPU's so it's going to take some complex programing to make X86 CPU programs run on an ARMS CPU device. I wish them luck! Microsoft will need that to pull this off

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