During Day 2 of Build 2017, it was revealed that Autodesk would be bringing their Stingray program to the Windows Store as a Universal Windows Platform (UWP) app and that SAP Digital Boardroom would also be making its debut in the digital storefront albeit as a Progressive Web app.
“When Autodesk introduced their UWP SketchBook last summer it became their fastest growing new platform introduction with an average of 35% sales growth every month throughout 2017,” the official announcement reads. “Autodesk will continue to use UWP to extend their Windows Store offerings to include support for Windows Mixed Reality in Autodesk Stingray, a 3D game engine and real-time rendering software.”
SAP Digital Boardroom is described as a “next-generation board portal which leverages data from lines of business applications to provide a single source of truth for executives to steer the business in real time.” The Progressive Web app format may not be as functional as UWP but it still allows for a converted app to access Windows 10 functions and be listed in the Windows Store.
Having an app listed in Microsoft’s Windows Store has been a solid way to market it towards a larger audience ever since the virtual store launched with Windows 10. However, with the reveal of Windows 10 S, a new version of Windows 10 targeted towards students that will limit apps allowed to those offered in the Windows Store, the need to be listed has increased dramatically.
Are you excited to see Autodesk Stingray and SAP Digital Boardroom come to the Windows Store? Let us know in the comments below.Further reading: Apps, Build 2017, Microsoft, Universal Windows Platform, Windows 10, Windows 10 S, Windows Store