Windows 10: Bundled Mobile Apps are a Bright Spot for Windows 10


  1. Posts : 21,572
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 16226
       20 Nov 2016 #1

    Bundled Mobile Apps are a Bright Spot for Windows 10


    While one could argue that the Universal Windows Platform is off to a slow start, the quality of the apps that Microsoft bundles with Windows 10, and the speed at which they are improved, are good signs for the future.

    These apps also offer a healthy counter to my worries that Microsoft’s Windows as a service (e.g. “rapid release”) strategy isn’t working. Yes, I feel that there are important and serious reliability issues to work out with the underlying Windows 10 platform. But so far, the process of constantly updating the apps that ship with Windows 10 has worked out wonderfully, just as it does on mobile platforms like Android and iOS.

    Which means that Windows 10 users can enjoy the best of both worlds: A productive and mature desktop computing platform that also happens to have a mobile apps platform built into. It’s a unique advantage that both Linux and macOS basically lack, though both have their own store (or store-like) experiences. And while macOS has long offered packaged apps that are easily installed and removed, the experience is inconsistent: Some third-party apps use this system and some do not.

    Further, the Windows Store has far more apps than are available in Apple’s Mac App Store, and more apps than are available, period, on Linux. When you compare this availability with the tens of millions of available Win32/desktop applications, you can see Windows’s real advantage. We at least have an amazing library of legacy applications to fall back on while we wait for developers to more fully embrace UWP...


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  2. Posts : 15,335
    Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64-bit 14393, Windows 10 Insider Fast Ring, Windows 8.1 Update, Ubuntu
       20 Nov 2016 #2

    Which means that Windows 10 users can enjoy the best of both worlds: A productive and mature desktop computing platform that also happens to have a mobile apps platform built into.
    I find their older apps that were there from the start have really formed well too.
    Of course the newer are buggy or lacking, but feedback hub is always there to report them, and send screenshots or to reproduce the problem and it will record what happens on the system, then you can send the report with the feedback.

    I really like the Office Mobile apps.
    If one can only afford, or only needs Office 365 Personal(1 PC and 1 tablet and one phone) and has even more devices or Windows 10 virtual machines, the mobile apps can be fully used to make changes to documents, where as with out the 365 license, they are read only, which is ok to open document, spreadsheets, and powerpoint.

    I use them when I'm on my laptop, and they work great for simple things.
    And...
    They are improving all the time.
    the speed at which they are improved, are good signs for the future.
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    Just like other UWP apps, like OneNote, Mail, Calendar, People and my favorite, Skype Preview(now has desktop sharing even) which is just as useful as Skype for desktop now!
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