Microsoft Universal Apps…
… The concept of one app developed and working cross-platform: phone, tablet, desktop is something of a Holy Grail and Microsoft delivered on this promise last year.
With Microsoft Universal Apps a Windows Phone user is able to install the same app on their Windows 8 laptop / desktop.
Not all apps have released Universal App versions yet but many have.
Note the Universal App symbols for Skype and eBay in both screen captures.
Was this Just An Iteration?
When you are Agile you start to see iterations in everything but last week Microsoft released major news at the Connect (): event which made me think Redmond has a firm grasp of Agile process.
Yes those are the faces of amazement because besides the obvious fact that Microsoft made its flagship core technology Open Source cross-platform and allowed non-commercial users to develop for free, Visual Studio just iterated into a platform you can develop apps for Android and iOS on.
In one flavor or another Visual Studio supports development for just about all the main platforms mobile, desktop and server.
The Warptest POV
If you are still singing the “Microsoft is doomed” song I suggest you go sit in the corner with your blankie and suck your thumb because that’s about as serious as anyone is going to take you now.
This is the biggest news in the development arena I can think of in recent years and in doing so Microsoft Universal Apps iterated outwards, fulfilling their potential.
Universal App no longer just means an App for all Windows devices, it may just mean an App that is truly universal. An App built across all devices and Operating Systems and developed in Visual Studio to boot. This could be the end of the Developers Grail Quest …
The hard decision that many Start-ups have to make about which platform to develop for first seemingly just vanished in a puff of smoke.
So if this news excites you (and it should) then you can find the .NET Core 5 code here on Github that’s right, Microsoft really gets it, they are using Github for this.
So if you are a developer get excited and get cracking because the news here only scratches the surface.