Microsoft today announced an important tool for old-school Windows developers: the Desktop App Converter. Basically, it automatically transforms old-school Win32 and .NET apps into modern Universal Windows Platform apps that can run across different device form factors.
While it won’t automatically make a legacy app built for Windows 98 suddenly look like a modern app with flat design, it does mean developers have to do a whole lot less to make their apps compatible with modern Universal Windows Platforms APIs – not to mention list it on the Windows Store.
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Though the tool simplifies getting older Windows apps onto the Windows Store, but developers will still have to put in some work to maximize compatibility. Still, it’s a notable step forward towards making the Universal Windows Platform the main way to develop apps for PCs in the future.