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Microsoft has released a new update for the Desktop App Converter. The update is lightweight and feels like a finalization of the service before the Windows 10 Anniversary Update. Desktop App Converter is still in preview form itself, so users need to have Anniversary Update Preview Build 14388.

Once known as Project Centennial, Desktop App Converter gives developers an easy path to create Universal Windows Platform. The project allows the simple porting of .NET 4.6.1 or Win32 apps to UWP.

As mentioned, the new update is not really expansive, and comes with the following:

    Desktop App Converter – 0.1.22

    Windows 10 Base Images – 10.0.14388.0, 10.0.14390.0 and 10.0.14393.0

Microsoft officially announced the Desktop App Converter at the Build 2016 conference earlier in the year. Just a few weeks later the company started rolling out the service to members of the Windows Insider Program.

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.

Desktop App Converter

    “App model. The converted app has a well-defined app model and a deployment experience that ensures clean install, uninstall, and seamless updates. The behavior and performance (including startup) of users’ systems remain pristine.

    App identity. A UWP app has an identity, which enables features such as push notifications, Live Tile updates, and in-app product offers for your app.

    App enhancement. At your own pace, you can add UWP features to your app such as background tasks, app services, and many more. You can use the rich UWP feature set in your app.

    Reach every Windows device. Once all functionality moves from the full-trust portion of your app and into the app container portion, your app will be able to reach every Windows device.”