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January 2016 issue, Volume 2, Issue 1

How Universal Windows Platform apps work

Windows 10 introduced a new application approach called the Universal Windows Platform. Let's dig into what's so universal about it. The Universal Windows Platform (UWP) means Windows 10 is the same operating system across all different types of devices: desktops and laptops, smartphones and ARM tablets, Internet of Things devices, Xbox and even Microsoft HoloLens and Surface Hub. UWP apps also run across all these devices, and they come from the Windows Store, packaged in the same .appx file format as other Windows mobile apps. UWP apps have a lot in common with modern mobile apps. IT can deliver them from a curated, centrally managed store, with special policies for distributing in-house enterprise apps. The apps don't conflict with each other, and they install and uninstall instantly. The platform tightly controls their interaction with user data. For example, it can prevent apps from reading each data from other apps and from the device itself. Apps also aren't allowed to modify the operating system. For end users, UWP apps ...

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