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This article was published on January 21, 2015


Windows 10 apps are now the same on desktop and mobile

Windows 10 apps are now the same on desktop and mobile Image by: Roberto Baldwin
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Owen was a reporter for TNW based in Amsterdam, now a full-time freelance writer and consultant helping technology companies make their word Owen was a reporter for TNW based in Amsterdam, now a full-time freelance writer and consultant helping technology companies make their words friendlier. In his spare time he codes, writes newsletters and cycles around the city.

At Microsoft’s Windows 10 event today, the company announced that all of its apps for Windows 10 are now “universal,” meaning that they work across both desktop and mobile.

For example, Microsoft’s Office apps now work across mobile and desktop. Outlook, for example, now shares the same code but customize the display for each screen size. This also means that a full version of Outlook is coming to mobile users for the first time.

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You’ll be able to manage your full email and calendar, just like you would expect.

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The company demoed the photos app, which shares the exact same code on phone and desktop. One benefit of this approach is seamless syncing; if you delete a photo on the desktop, it disappears on mobile too.

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