“Desktop Bridge,” which gives developers the ability to bring their existing Windows desktop apps and games over to Universal Windows Platform (UWP) as on Wednesday 09/14, brings the first wave of these apps in Windows Store.
The new apps released today to the Windows Store for Windows 10 customers running the Anniversary Update, include popular notetaking app, Evernote!
Other converted Classic Windows apps such as “Arduino IDE, Double Twist, PhotoScape, MAGIX Movie Edit Pro, Virtual Robotics Kit, Relab, SQL Pro, Voya Media, Predicted Desire and korAccount” announced as well. But, these apps will appear over the next few days in the Windows Store.
During //Build 2016, Microsoft announced the Desktop App Converter (previously known as Project Centennial) and a 5-step path for developers to convert their Classic Windows apps into UWP apps. Then, last month, they begun publishing these converted desktop apps in the Windows Store for Windows 10.
The bridges had names like Project Astoria (now defunct bridge for Android) and Project Islandwood (still alive and kicking bridge for iOS apps). One bridge, called Project Centennial, was developed to convert Classic Windows Apps, such as Win32 apps, into UWP apps.
For devlopers regarding Desktop Bridge, the “Desktop App Converter” is now available for free in Windows Store.”This will enable updates of the Desktop App Converter with latest features and bug-fixes to automatically be available to you as soon as we release them,” dev team stated.
In addition, IntallShield, FireGiant, and Caphyon’s Windows installer technologies will support Desktop Bridge as well, Microsoft announced. “This allows the app or game to reach all Windows 10 devices over time, including phones, Xbox One and HoloLens.”
Desktop Bridgeenables developers make use of this new functionality in UWP right out of the box, including access to a host of new APIs like Live Tiles, Cortana and Action Center.
Evernote UWP in the Windows Store comes more “intuitive sidebar navigation,” so you can find and manage your content even faster. And, the new “smarter search bar” now placed on top of the Note List, closer to your results. “Evernote will make suggestions and will also scavenge through ‘Trash’ for notes that might have been accidentally deleted. “
You can even add color to important notebooks and tags “for quicker identification and access to your notes.”
Finally, personal and business content now exist in two separate spaces, as indicated by the two tabs on top of the sidebar, wrties Windows team.
You can sign up Desktop Bridge at HERE.
In another post, Windows dev team blog gave some tips to make your applications more accessible. Below is a summary of the tips:
- Implement a screen reader such as MS Narrator – Provide UI elements that can be read when the user cannot read it themselves.
- Add keyboard interactions – Make your application able to be navigated with more than just gestures. Use tab and arrow buttons to let users switch between UI components.
- Audio descriptions – Describe colors, elements, titles, and other parts of your UI for visually impaired or illiterate.
- Use a high contrast theme – Make text and UI have very noticeable differences in color.
- Add visual cues to elements – Using text or light texture designs to indicate important information will help those that are colorblind note the difference easier.
- Always add Zoom – A basic for many readers that might need to read your text or see your images. It’s important in this case to use Vector images instead of Raster images so that they stay crisp and clear, explains dev team.