As Microsoft begins rolling out Windows App SDK (known as Project Reunion in preview), the company is now showing developers how to migrate current UWP apps to the SDK. As Microsoft pushes developers to the new development platform, what does this mean for the Universal Windows Platform (UWP) going forward?
Well, it’s important to know that Microsoft isn’t saying it’s mandatory to switch from UWP to Windows App SDK. The company is making it clear that UWP remains and developers are free to continue building apps in this way:
“If you’re happy with your current functionality in UWP, there’s no need to migrate your project type. “
Microsoft also points out that the Windows platform will also use UWP apps where it makes sense. Despite this, Microsoft is making Windows App SDK the future of application development on Windows.
Two development platforms
Microsoft introduced Project Reunion in Build 2020 as a unification tool for developing Win32 and UWP applications on Windows 10.
Now known as the Windows App SDK, the platform integrates Microsoft’s current Win32 and Universal Windows Platform (UWP) APIs. Win32 apps are legacy apps while UWP is Microsoft’s modern app API. Under Project Reunion, the tool will also be available independent of Windows, allowing developers to use tools like Budget.
It should be remembered that the Universal Windows Platform remains the only way for developers to build apps for Xbox and HoloLens. Until Microsoft brings these platforms under Project Reunion, UWP will continue to have a place in the Windows development community.
Of course, with the focus now on Windows App SDK, Microsoft will target new features and API support on the new platform, not UWP.
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