UWP is dead and even the fanboys now get it


When even the unrequited fanboys finally understand it’s time to put an official fork in this zombie.


Of course, the spin that Microsoft owns electron so they win either way was amusing.

Comments (11)

11 responses to “UWP is dead and even the fanboys now get it”

  1. waethorn

    Dropbox is now, what Microsoft considers, part of the "alt-software" spectrum, so I don't think it's really surprising that they would do away with the UWP programming model. Dropbox has integration with Google Docs and Slack, which Microsoft is now trying to ban (Slack) or otherwise discourage (Google, AWS) within their employee ranks.

  2. meauxx

    I fail to understand why YADDAMASTER and Surur or whatever his name is keep spreading this negativism about a technology that is SOLID and growing rapidly with Win 10. Our Enterprise LOBs are all being migrated to UWP.

    • skane2600

      In reply to meauxx:

      I don't know, it sounds like you guys must have a lot of time on your hands if you are porting your internal programs to UWP. When you are finished, what new capabilities will those applications have that couldn't have been done with Win32? IMO, you always should have a compelling reason to take the time, expense, and risk of rewriting a program.

    • JimP

      In reply to meauxx:

      That's scary, you guys need to stop and re-evaluate the technologies you're using.

  3. longhorn

    UWP isn't dead. You need it if you want your app in the Store. Win32 isn't dead. PWA isn't dead. Electron isn't dead. These are technologies that will coexist for a long time.

    What we will see are refinements to existing APIs, not some crazy new API. If there is a new API most likely it will be a mix of WinRT and Win32. Maybe we'll see a new packaging format, but expect Windows 10 to evolve without major changes.

    Software is pretty mature these days and please keep in mind that a name change is not a big change.

    • hrlngrv

      In reply to longhorn:

      Maybe UWP is needed for the wrapper for Win32 desktop packaged for the MSFT Store, but few would consider that more than a punch list requirement.

      I'll believe MSFT is committed to UWP as a replacement for Win32 when they develop and distribute UWP version or full-feature Office (including a UWP VBA Editor) and/or a UWP-based GUI for R Open. Until then, it's just another option, an unloved and underused option.

  4. hrlngrv

    I always considered Windows Central to be the last refuge of the die-hard fanboys.

  5. Tony Barrett

    UWP was going nowhere without mobile, and that was clear the minute MS cancelled Windows 10 Mobile. End of story. It maybe 'alive and well in S mode', but literally nobody uses S Mode, which is also pretty much dead and buried. MS may be allowing win32 apps into their app store now, but the only reason is that UWP failed. If MS had had their way, win32 would be long gone, UWP would rule, everyone would be downloading their apps from Microsoft's store on Windows Mobile, and MS would be taking a nice cut from each sale, but it all failed. Microsoft's app store is a barren wasteland even with win32 allowed!

    Almost all of Microsoft's focus now is Azure and Cloud - Windows, Xbox, Surface etc are ALL second rate citizens inside Redmond. MS will keep them ticking over as necessary, but Cloud is everything to Microsoft now and the more people they can funnel into it, the better for their subscription revenue.

    WindowsCentral and OnMsft are just arse-lickers - sorry to be so blunt. They even run articles that tell their readers to buy Microsoft products, and they'll link to them too. They're MS sponsored, fanboy run and kissing MS butt all the time.

    • JimP

      In reply to ghostrider:

      And to think that this was Microsoft's second attempt to replace Win32. Circa Longhorn, the new app model was supposed to be based on .NET. That failed, too.