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Universal Windows app

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

 

 

 

This was last updated in July 2015

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