Microsoft’s plan for all of its devices to work neatly together looks to be coming to fruition still further, with all Windows enabled devices able to run the universal apps that will be a part of the next Windows iteration, 8.1. Developers will be able to create an app using common code, and will find that it works on PCs, tablets, smartphones and the Xbox One. It’s an impressive feat, and one that neither Apple nor Android can boast of. Applications can be tailored for a specific device to allow, for example, integration of Kinect technology, but the bulk of the code and the work in making the application can be reused across the board.
This feature has been floating around the rumor mill for a while, and it’s nice to see that the RunTime package from Microsoft launching with 8.1 will enable such easy porting between devices. We don’t have a date as to when all of this will be launched, but it can’t be too far off if the details are beginning to be released. It may be a factor that could tempt a person to trade in their Android or Apple devices in order to have their phone, tablet, console and computer work together in perfect harmony, but only time will tell if this is enough to achieve that aim.
Would universal app support on all Microsoft products tempt you to trade in your existing technology? Or is this simply something to make the life of developers easier? Have your say in the comments below.
Article by - Rebecca Waterman
Insert Date: 04/04/2014