On the 29th July Microsoft launched their Windows 10 operating system which has already been downloaded by over 14 million users. As with the release of any new operating system, mobile app developers will be asking themselves; how will this affect the production of my existing and upcoming apps? To help resolve this dilemma, listed below are three of the main ways in which Windows 10 will impact upon app development:
1 - Port all iOS and Android apps directly to Windows universal apps
During a recent The Verge interview, Microsoft's Windows chief Terry Myerson revealed that, "We want to enable developers to leverage their current code and current skills to start building those Windows applications in the Store, and to be able to extend those applications."
Consequently, both iOS and Android mobile app developers will be able to port all their new and existing apps directly to Windows universal apps. Android mobile app developers will be able to utilise Java and C++ code while iOS developers will be able to rely upon their current Object Code software. By alleviating mobile app developers of the expensive and time consuming hassle of completely rebuilding their apps for Windows 10, Microsoft are optimistic that this relatively straight forward process will encourage more mobile app development companies to transition to using Windows 10 as their primary operating system.
2 - Run websites inside Windows universal apps
In addition to iOS and Android mobile app developers, Microsoft have also tailored Windows 10 to accommodate the needs of website developers. They have achieved this by creating software which will enable websites to run inside a Windows 10 universal app and to utilise its innovative system services. Consequently, by utilising these services, such as in-app purchases and notifications, Windows 10 will enable website developers to create web apps without having to learn new code languages and to easily list their new creations in the Windows Store.
3 - Benefits for desktop app developers
If you currently develop Windows desktop apps on Windows 7 or 8 then Windows 10 will enable you to harmonise your existing .NET and Win32 content with Windows universal apps. By doing so, Microsoft hope to entice their existing Windows 7 and 8 developers to invest in Windows 10 in order to enrich the quality of their existing apps and to advertise them to a wider audience of potential users via the Windows Store.