Microsoft to Ship Windows 10 Anniversary Update This Summer

By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2016-03-31 Print this article Print
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Microsoft also announced it is now shipping its Hololens holographic computing system and the Hololens Development Edition with the Windows Holographic SDK and emulator. And with Project Centennial, Microsoft is shipping a new desktop app converter that will enable developers’ Win32 and .NET apps to gain access to UWP and the Windows Store. That means more than 16 million apps will now be available to the Universal Windows Platform.

Moreover, Xamarin, which Microsoft recently acquired, will make it easy to share code across platforms—Windows, iOS and Android -- while delivering native experiences for each,” Gallo said. “Also, our open source Windows Bridge for iOS enables iOS developers to bring Objective-C code into Visual Studio, and compile it into a UWP app,” he noted.

“For over thirty years, Windows has been an open ecosystem, welcoming the contributions of hardware and software partners and developers around the world,” Myerson said in a blog post. “Nothing changes with the Universal Windows Platform – it brings together the openness that is part of Windows’ history, as well as everything that you expect from a modern application platform – like robust install, uninstall, and seamless updates. Our goal is for Windows to be the best platform for ALL developers – making Windows their home and getting the best return on their investment in their code.”

John Rymer, an analyst with Forrester Research, said he believes that Microsoft taking its capabilities beyond Windows into other apps and on other operating systems really seems to demonstrate that core functions that power Microsoft are bigger than an individual operating system.

“Other examples include support for Ink and Cortana ‘above the login screen,’ he said. “I think it’s a wake-up call to developers. If you thought the changes mobile phones wrought were big, you’ve not seen anything yet. Voice, converged reality with Hololens, and augmented intelligence with bots are the next generation of UI tools they will need to learn.”

Patrick Moorhead, president and principal analyst with Moor Insights & Strategy, said he believes we could see a very different Windows 10 world a year from now, if we could see 500 million Windows 10 PC users added to Xbox One then added to HoloLens numbers. “This starts to get really compelling for mobile developers who are staring at one billion active iOS users and two billion Android users,” he said.

“I’m sure Microsoft wishes it were further along with Bridges and Xamarin, but they aren’t right now, but we could see the fruits of this next year,” Moorhead noted. “The reality is that the development significantly shifted from Windows 7 to Windows 8 to Windows 10, where it’s all about Universal Apps. What Microsoft has done is sweeten the pot for the Windows 10 platform by adding deep pen support and Windows Hello support further into the platform and apps. Cortana is more usable, too, as it can improve the experience not just through the app, but through Microsoft apps like Office 365 and open to developers, too,” he added.



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