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Microsoft has today pushed its Desktop App Converter to the Windows Store. That means the tool is now available through Microsoft’s app store on Windows 10. Aside from rolling out the converter, Microsoft announced some new Windows 10 apps. Most of these new apps with be part of the Universal Windows Platform (UWP).

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. Project Centennial has since been rewrapped as the Desktop Bridge. The tool can repackage .NET and Win32 apps to UWP applications running on x86 PCs.

Desktop App Converter was announced at Build 2016 earlier in the years. In mid-April, Microsoft started rolling out the tool to members of the Windows Insider Program. To use the tool, dev’s run their Win32 apps through the converter. The app will be tested before developers can add UWP specific features.

The process is simple and is designed to be accessible to beginners by removing a lot of coding. Once converted, the app will be universally functional across PC, mobile, tablets, Xbox, and HoloLens. Until now, the converter has been in preview for Insiders. We have known its launch on the Windows Store was imminent since the Anniversary Update arrived last month.

More New Windows Apps

Microsoft also announced some other Universal Windows apps will be coming to the Windows Store. Within the next few days, Evernote, Double Twist, PhotoScape, and Arduino IDE will all be rolled out. Joining them will be MAGIX Movie Edit Pro, Virtual Robotics Kit, Relab, SQL Pro, Voya Media, Predicted Desire and korAccount.

As with the Desktop App Converter, all of these apps will only function on devices running the Anniversary Update. Some people are not yet running the AU as Microsoft’s staged rollout is ending in November.