Microsoft’s Project Centennial bridge for Win32 apps is finally ready for production. With Project Centennial bridge, traditional Windows desktop applications can be distributed and sold through the Windows Store. The popular note-taking application Evernote becomes the first to use this new capability.
Until now, only applications built for the Universal Windows Platform were available via the Windows Store. At Build 2015, Microsoft announced Project Centennial Bridge, which made it easier to port Win32 apps to Windows Store with zero or no changes. Microsoft also announced Desktop App Converter – its solution to turn every Win32 app into a UWP application.
The biggest advantage with Win32 applications arriving on Windows Store is the native support for clean installation, upgrade and uninstallation of the app. Win32 apps delivered via Windows Store can also take advantage of the Live Tiles and notification support. Microsoft says it is an effort to reduce the stress on developers to rewrite their codes entirely for Windows 10.
The Win32 apps being ported via Project Centennial will only work with desktop environment and not other UWP devices like Lumia devices or HoloLens. Also the applications will only with Windows systems powered by x86 processors.
Windows 10 is currently running on over 350 million devices and the company is pushing the adoption further with new attractive devices with cheaper price tag. With Project Centennial finally becoming available, it becomes easier than ever before for traditional Windows developers to distribute their apps.
While Microsoft will continue recommending UWP-based apps, the ability to get Win32 apps from Windows Store should become a hit among Windows users.