During a Build 2017 session called, Bring Your Desktop Apps to UWP and the Windows Store Using the Desktop Bridge, Microsoft’s John Sheehan revealed that over 1,000 desktop apps had been converted to the new Universal Windows Platform (UWP) app format and/or added to the Windows Store since the launch of the Desktop Bridge initiative.
Microsoft’s Desktop Bridge is essentially a way for developers to repackage their traditionally made Desktop (Win32) apps for sale in Windows 10’s Windows Store and allows them to implement certain features such as in-app purchases and pushed updates. Desktop Bridge can also be used to convert the older apps into the newer UWP app style which allows for greater functionality on a wider variety of Windows 10 devices. One recent example of an upgraded app that used Desktop Bridge is the official Kodi app.
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