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A week after announcing the Desktop App Converter at Build 2016, Microsoft is sending out a preview of the tool to Insiders.

Microsoft introduced the Desktop App Converter at Build 2016 last week, a nice tool that gives developers the ability to convert desktop apps into Universal Windows 10 apps that can be used across for factors.

As we reported last week, the converter could be huge for Microsoft because it is a bridging tool for older Win32 applications to Universal Windows Apps.

Microsoft has other projects of these nature, Project Islandwood which converts iOS apps to Universal Windows Apps being the most notable. The company also had Project Astoria, an Android app converter while was ultimately axed in favor of an all-iOS approach.

The Desktop App Converter is easy for developers to use and Redmond has now released a preview version of the software, allowing developers to download it now.

It is a pretty simple process. Devs just need to run the Win32 app through the tool, test it works, and then add any Universal Windows Platform features that are needed. Once this is complete the app is good to go on the Windows Store, where it will be available to all devices such as mobile, PC, tablets, Xbox, and even HoloLens.

The preview is available from Microsoft, although you will need to be running Windows 10 Enterprise Edition with the Anniversary Update preview build 14316 or newer.

SOURCE: Microsoft