Windows 10 Predictions: Revise Your Application Development Strategy and be an early adaptor of Universal App Platform !

Gartner says migration to windows 10 will be the fastest yet. According to the recently released article from Gartner, fifty percent of enterprises will have started Windows 10 deployments by January 2017. Windows 10 is set to become the most widely installed version of Windows ever, following on the path of Windows XP and Windows 7 before it. Windows 10 is making inroads into businesses at faster pace as it can be seen from key highlights of Gartner report.

  • Fifty Percent of Enterprises Will Have Started Windows 10 Deployments by January 2017
  • By 2019, Organizations Will Deliver Twice as Many Applications Remotely Compared With 2015
  • By 2018, Touchscreens Will Be Shipped on One-Third of All Notebooks
  • By 2018, 30 Percent of Enterprises Will Spend More on Display Screens Than on PCs

The Question of the Hour is what is Universal Windows Platform (UWP) App? How it is relevant to your future Application Development Strategy?

Universal Windows Platform (UWP) App is a Windows experience that is built upon the Universal Windows Platform, which was first introduced in Windows 8 as the Windows Runtime. Windows 10 makes it easier to develop Apps for the UWP with just one API set, one App package, and one store to reach all Windows 10 devices – PC, tablet, phone and more. It is easier to support a number of screen sizes, and a variety of interaction models, whether it be touch, mouse & keyboard, a game controller, or a pen.

If we go by what Microsoft says, it has provided various “bridges” to developers that will help them take their code from iOS, Android and the Web and build Windows 10 Apps that will work across any of its device platforms.

Universal Windows framework is the game changer for enterprises who have been leveraging conventional App platforms.

What could be some of the benefits

  • Increasing reach across device types:The convergence of Windows into one core and one developer platform has really changed the relationship and experience of customers with their devices. The catch here is that, it targets device families, not an OS
  • Apps are packaged and distributed using the .AppX packaging format: All UWP Apps are distributed as an AppX package. This delivers a trustworthy installation mechanism and ensures that the Apps can be deployed and updated seamlessly
  • Common API surface across device families:The UWP core APIs are the same for all Windows device families. If your App uses only the core APIs, it will run on any Windows 10 device. The developers added over 2,500 new classes to the UWP API. This makes over 8,600 new APIs, which corresponds to 60% increase from Windows 8.1. With Windows 10, the .NET API set was also increased by 26% and the Win32 and COMs API set by 48%
  • Adaptive controls and input:UI elements use effective pixels, so they automatically adapt themselves based on the number of screen pixels available on the device
  • Leverage knowledge of exiting Application programming language experience:You can now leverage your existing skills in C#, Visual Basic, C++ and HTML/JS to take advantage of the power of Windows 10 to build the next generation of App
  • Design abilities:You too can now create visually engaging and tailored user interfaces for Universal Windows Apps with Blend for Visual Studio, which is also a premier professional design tool for XAML Apps
  • Seamless integration:It is now possible to easily integrate with cloud services like Azure Mobile Services, Salesforce, and Office 365 with the Visual Studio Services Manager for Connected Services.

Conclusion

As Gartner has rightly predicted that, by 2017, 50% of organizations will deploy Windows 10. The time has come to embrace the new UWP in Windows 10, which also marks a beginning of new generation Apps for variants of devices in particular the touch screen generation of them. It is therefore necessary for you- CTO, IT manager, IT director, CEO, App developer, to embrace the new Windows 10 Universal App platform by migrating existing traditional Windows Applications or by creating Apps that are in line with the universal Windows App platform. After all the mantra to succeed, it is to get ready for the next wave as early as possible!

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