When Windows 10 was released, Microsoft wanted to change the way we all use our computers, tablets and gaming systems to interact with the world. They tried with Windows 8 and failed miserably.
Windows 10, however, takes a step in the right direction by creating what Microsoft calls Windows universal apps. These are apps that can be used just about the same on any platform, such as a PC, tablet, phone or gaming console.
Let’s look at how to use Windows 10 universal apps and how this changes your daily experience no matter the devices you use.
What Are Windows 10 Universal Apps?
All previous Windows 8 and 8.1 apps are now set up in universal style, although they’re not all universal apps across the Windows platform, yet. Microsoft aims to make all the core default apps that come with Windows 10 universal apps, it just seems there wasn’t enough time to make this possible before Windows 10 went RTM.
In addition to the updates to universal apps in Windows 10, you’ll find that Tablet Mode and Continuum help make this even more possible between devices.
By creating a core way to use Windows 10 apps, developers can create apps that will render and work on all platforms. This means that users don’t have to jump through apps to get the experience they want as a Windows user. Whether you’re have a Windows 10 laptop, a tablet, phone or Xbox, you’ll be able to use apps similarly from device-to-device during your day.
For developers, creating universal apps is easier than ever because you only need to build one app to get the job done on the Windows platform now. That one app can be used on multiple devices and ensure you’re gaining a consumer base that wants to use your apps wherever they need.
Using Windows 10 Universal Apps
Some of the first official Windows universal apps that were released include the default apps that come with installation, such as weather, news and more. From there, even Office released its own Windows 10 universal apps for users taking advantage of the productivity suite.
The changes to universal apps in Windows makes them easier to use and customize, along with being able to resize the apps as you see fit. Windows apps are easier to use in Windows 10 than they ever were in Windows 8, which might encourage users who turned their back on Windows 8 to begin using apps once more.
If you’re a multi-Windows device household, you’ll find that using Windows universal apps are more intuitive as you switch between devices giving you the best overall experience whether you’re working, playing or entertaining.
If you gave up on Windows 8 apps, we encourage you try even the default apps in Windows 10. You’ll be surprised by how much easier they are to use. You’ll also notice the Windows Store is filled with higher-quality and more easily accessible apps than ever before.
Twitter, Twitch.tv, Netflix and other companies are scrambling to create universal apps too use in Windows 10 and beyond, giving you access to everything you want across the Windows family platform no matter what you’re doing.