Developer Tools For Building Windows 10 Universal Applications Are Available Now
Microsoft has released the first technical preview of Visual Studio 2015, which means tools that software developers need to write universal applications for the upcoming Windows 10 are available now.
It is worth mentioning that these available tools are not in their final version. They are there to help developers in learning about how Windows 10’s User Interface works, understanding application programming contrasts and so on. Cliff Simpkin, Sr Product Manager for the Windows developer platform, writes in a Windows blog post:
“I’d like to point out that this is a preview. Our goal with this release is to give you the opportunity to experiment with the cool new platform capabilities while we continue working to finish Windows 10.”
If you are a developer and you want to write an application for Windows 10, you have to sign up for the Windows Insider Program before advancing to install the Windows 10 technical preview. In addition, you need to install Visual Studio 2015 Community Technology Preview (CTP) 6. Lastly, you need to include the Windows 10 software development kit (SDK) that you find in the Tools for the Windows 10 Technical Preview. Hence you will be ready to create universal apps for Windows 10.
Universal apps come out of Microsoft’s notion of “One Windows.” As for last couple of years, it has been noted that Microsoft execs hold this idea of one for all Windows that will allow developers to create single runtime universal apps. Thence these apps should be made available from a single store.
The company has gradually followed the idea by creating Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8. However, with universal apps of Windows 10, it can be anticipated that Windows will make a massive leap forward towards its goal of producing homogeneity in the Windows.
For that purpose, Microsoft is building universal app platform (UAP) with Windows 10. However, the developers don’t need necessarily to develop universal apps. They can still choose to create different software for different devices.
Universal apps, as stated earlier, are considered installable on all the devices. Though that is not true for the universal apps created using the preview version of tools: These apps can only be installed on PCs but Windows 10 Phone has been included in the tools which provides developers an opportunity of foreseeing how a typical app will look like on the phone.