Microsoft is bringing traditional Windows apps back into the fold, after years trying to get developers to shift focus to a new class of Universal Windows Platform apps that can run across PCs, consoles, smartphones, headsets and IoT devices.
A new initiative called “Project Reunion,” announced Tuesday morning at Microsoft’s Build developer conference, aims to provide a unified development platform for both modern UWP and traditional Win32 apps.
UWP apps are offered and sold in the online Microsoft Store.
Win32 apps, based on application programming interfaces that trace their roots back to Windows 95, can be purchased and installed apart from the Microsoft Store.
Nadella said this translates into “a rich opportunity for developers to create both new applications and extend the reach of their existing applications.”

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