Black Friday Is Almost Here!
The Inventory team is rounding up deals you don’t want to miss, now through Cyber Monday. Click here to browse!

Windows 8.1 Universal Apps Can Run On Desktop, Mobile, and Xbox

Illustration for article titled Windows 8.1 Universal Apps Can Run On Desktop, Mobile, and Xbox

It's a moment we've been waiting for for a long time. No, Microsoft's various operating systems are not merging quite yet, but they're about to get universal apps that work across all devices. Including the Xbox One. And best of all, you only have to buy each app once and it works everywhere.

Advertisement

Universal Windows apps will make use of scaling UI features to (ideally) fit all screens; this is where that uniform UI design play finally starts to pay off in a real way. Details are sparse for the moment, but the concept is promising. A unified experience is what we've been expecting out of Microsoft for a long time, and this is a great way to dip a toe in the water.

Illustration for article titled Windows 8.1 Universal Apps Can Run On Desktop, Mobile, and Xbox
Advertisement

It's also a great way to drive desktop users into the Windows Store (which will highlight apps that are universal) and towards apps instead of appliations by offering up cross-platform functionality as a bonus. This is only the begging of what's sure to be a long play, but the road ahead is pretty clear.

Illustration for article titled Windows 8.1 Universal Apps Can Run On Desktop, Mobile, and Xbox

Share This Story

Get our newsletter

DISCUSSION

On the one hand, this seems really cool and smart and great and useful and logical... but I don't have an Xbox (at least not one of the fancy new ones, but I'm guessing these apps won't be making it to the original Xbox), I don't have a Windows Phone, and I basically never use any of those stupid apps on my Windows 8 computer, I use programs on my desktop like a normal person.