The Sams Report is a weekly podcast that dives deep into the world of Microsoft. With the company transforming the way it operates and Nadella putting his own touch on all aspects of the organization, the Sams Report breaks down the news and offers insight from insider sources.
On this episode, it’s time to take a serious look at the company’s UWP strategy, April looks to be a big month for company and a couple of new builds of Windows have been released.
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<p>A UWP Office doesn’t really provide increased value for customers and a half-assed implementation would just make things worse. The fact that MS is no longer selling "modern-only" devices is the real indication that they recognize that UWP isn’t going to displace Win32. They are just in saving-face mode when it comes to UWP.</p>
<blockquote><em><a href="#36243">In reply to </a><a href="../../../users/Jules_Wombat">Jules_Wombat</a><a href="#36243">:</a></em></blockquote>
<p>I agree with most of what you say although I don’t think there’s much to gain by supporting Android Apps on Windows 10 mobile. A device that runs Win32 doesn’t need Android apps any more than it does UWP apps and devices that run Android apps alone are a "dime a dozen". </p>
<p>The additional evidence of the failure of UWP is the lack of job postings for it. You’re more likely to find a job writing Cobol than UWP apps.</p>
<blockquote><em><a href="#36337">In reply to </a><a href="../../../users/Jules_Wombat">Jules_Wombat</a><a href="#36337">:</a></em></blockquote>
<p>Android devices are a commodity. Consumers have never show much interest in Live Tiles and Cortana integration is abstract art to them. MS is already providing Office support for rival platforms. I doubt that most Android users would want to purchase a quasi-Android device from MS when there are plenty of vendors who provide the real thing. It’s time for MS to forget about smartphones and to bring those few new UWP features into Win32 where the majority of their customers can enjoy them.</p>