On Universal Windows Apps

Wednesday, 7 January 2015

Over the weekend, I was messing around with a Windows universal app 1 and I must say it's made me very, very excited about Windows 10. In less than 48 hours, and almost by accident, I've managed to build the basis for a viable app which is running seamlessly between my Surface Pro 2 and Lumia 1020 2

Having said that, I still don't expect Windows Phone to become relevant this year. Possibly never. But if Windows 10, and more specifically Windows Store apps, gain significant traction 3, I'm confident the Windows Phone app gap conundrum may finally make undeniable strides because it will be way too convenient to build a universal app than to not. 4

1. No, an Appy Weather universal app is not in development. And it won't until I become more familiar with universal apps, which was the point behind this exercise.

2. Would have taken much less than 48 hours even if I wasn't familiarising myself with Azure as well.

3. That is (much) more than 3% of the market.

4. Even if Windows Phone manages to ever achieve app parity with iOS/Android, I still think it will remain irrelevant. I think more than apps it's the lack of genuinely killer Windows Phone hardware stopping the platform from growing.