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Universal Windows app

This definition is part of our Essential Guide: Complete guide to Windows 10 mobile features, apps and devices

A Universal Windows app is a software application written in the Windows 8 or Windows 10 codebase that can run not just on a Windows PC, but also on a Windows tablet, smartphone, smartwatch or XBox as well.

Universal Windows apps are designed to function the same way on different form factors. For developers, the shared codebase works across almost all APIs, requiring only tweaks for display parameters. This approach can lessen the burden in the enterprise, eliminating the need for developers to create custom code for different form factors running a Windows operating system (OS). The tradeoff is that the shared codebase may also provide malware makers with a single, large target, simplifying the task of malware creation. 

The prevalence of the Windows operating system and the ability to run desktop apps on mobile devices is expected to boost market share for Microsoft’s mobile platforms, particularly Windows Phone

 

 

 

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How many of these are there, actually? Or is it just some pipe dream? thanks for pointing out the nuance that this makes the software more vulnerable to hacking.
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Making it universal seem to be the issue. What yo may have "locked" in one system may have to be left open in another to allow the other  platforms to function.  Why just limit this to Windows platforms and devices? In a perfect world, I'd like to see any software run on any device. With brand loyalty in the business world, that is why we are locked out of many options. The software just won't run on our company platform.  This brings up the old Windows vs. Linux debate again.  Why can't we all just get along ?
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