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As Microsoft stars to roll 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 drives dev’s towards the new development platform, what does this means for Universal Windows Platform (UWP) moving forward?

Well, it is important to know Microsoft is not saying it is a requirement to move from UWP to Windows App SDK. The company makes it clear that UWP is staying, and developers are free to continue building apps in that way:

“If you are happy with your current functionality in UWP, there is no need to migrate your project type.”

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Microsoft also points out that the Windows platform will also use UWP apps where it makes sense. Even so, Microsoft is pushing Windows App SDK as the future of app development on Windows.

Two Development Platforms

Microsoft introduced Project Reunion at Build 2020 as a unification tool for Win32 and UWP app development on Windows 10.

Now known as Windows App SDK, the platform integrates Microsoft’s current Win32 and Universal Windows Platform (UWP) APIs. Win32 apps are legacy applications, while UWP is Microsoft’s modern app API. Under Project Reunion, the tool will also be available independently from Windows, allowing dev’s to use tools like Budget.

It is worth remembering that Universal Windows Platform remains the only way for developers to build applications for Xbox and HoloLens. Until Microsoft brings those platforms under Project Reunion, UWP will continues to have a place in the Windows development community.

Of course, with focus now on Windows App SDK, Microsoft will be targeting new features and API support to the newer platform and not UWP.

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