We know that UWP applications are an integral part of Microsoft’s Windows 10 strategy. Compared to traditional Win32 software, The UWP app uses a new API to enjoy more features from Windows 10 and support cross-platform. In Microsoft’s plan, The UWP app is distributed through the App Store, while Win10 can be adapted to multiple platforms, the same UWP app can provide adaptation for N different platforms, Windows 10 in the control of distribution channels at the same time, but also drive the entire software ecosystem.
However, it backfired. After years of operation, the UWP app seems to be no where the difference. In the Win10 store, many well-known UWP applications stopped updating and even replaced them with regular Win32 conversion software… Here are some examples.
Tencent’s support for the UWP is very large. Shortly after Win10 launched the UWP strategy, Tencent launched UWP QQ in the Win10 store. Compared with the traditional version of QQ, The UWP version of QQ brings a lot of new things, such as completely different UI layout, more lightweight volume, more smooth animation, better touch screen support, but also access to Win10 notification center.
UWP version of QQ, have you used it?
Of course, compared with the traditional version of QQ, the uWP version qq function is inferior. But many users feel that the UWP version qq set up a framework, the function will be gradually improved, the future is periodable. Surprisingly, however, The UWP version qq has been reduced to chicken ribs.
Last year, Tencent installed the “QQ Desktop Edition” of the traditional QQ in the Win10 store, while UWP QQ was delayed. This product, has been reduced to a half-dead chicken ribs,
WeChat’s fortunes are similar to QQ, and Tencent made the UWP version of WeChat early, but with the traditional WeChat release, UWP WeChat also stopped updating.
UWP wechat, not updated for a long time
NetEase Cloud Music
This is the UWP app that was once very popular. For a long time, NetEase Cloud music has a good reputation, and NetEase Cloud Music launched the UWP application quality is also quite good, in the hearts of some netizens, it can even be called the best quality UWP application – at least once this is the case.
NetEase Cloud Music UWP version compared to the traditional version, the interface is more beautiful, more smooth, and fully functional, can be described as a rare UWP boutique. However, not long ago, this boutique was abandoned, in a version update, Win10 store in the UWP NetEase cloud music was replaced as a conversion version, UWP version of net-easy cloud music has since become history.
NetEase Music UWP was replaced by a converted version
In addition to the UWP applications mentioned above, there are examples such as Mango TV, Himalaya, etc. These UWP apps don’t go away, they don’t stop updating, and while some UWP apps from individual developers are still popping up, there are few commercial big factories that are going to get involved in UWP app development. The absence of commercial software sends a signal that the UWP ecology lacks economic value, and the UWP ecology lacks funds for irrigation, and gradually withering it is a matter of course.
Why did the UWP app fall to such a point? This is due to many reasons.
First of all, Microsoft’s sand on the mobile platform, so that the UWP application value greatly reduced. The UWP app can accommodate both mobile and desktop platforms, but with the failure of WP/Win10M, the significance of the UWP bridge is questionable.
The collapse of the mobile platform has cost the UWP app and Win store a big foundation
Second, there are many limitations to UWP applications. The API of UWP application is not as rich as the traditional Win32 software, receiving many restrictions, such as The Container app must be run in the app as a sandbox, it is difficult to obtain many common system permissions, many functions are limited, such as UWP application how to use the system agent is a challenge. Compared to traditional software, UWP applications are less free, have fewer resources to call, are subject to tighter background restrictions, and some applications are prone to flashbacks. This leads to a very bad user experience.
UWP apps are more restricted
Furthermore, UWP apps are difficult to compatible with older platforms. One of the great advantages of Windows is compatibility, regardless of the use of new and old development tools, the programwritten can run in the latest Win10, which makes many developers still use the old version of the development tools, to be compatible with win7, Win10 and other versions of the system, we do not have much motivation for the UWP to keep the development tools up-to-date.
Then, after the UWP concept was put forward, its development framework has been evolving iterations, not stable enough, not all developers will pursue the latest development specifications.
Finally, UWP apps need to be distributed uniformly in the Win10 store, and no more small moves such as pop-up windows and backstage, microsoft’s controls and developers have conflicts of commercial interests.
There is no doubt that the UWP ecological development is now at a low ebb. So how can the UWP app come to life?
The main reason for the ecological decline of The UWP is that people don’t have this need – traditional software is used well, and UWP applications have limited advantages over traditional software (only in the external aspects of interaction, UI, etc.), why do you have to switch to UWP? There is no demand to create demand, Microsoft is currently doing the work, is this effort.
Microsoft has been working on a Windows system that can be adapted to multiple platforms. The former Windows Mobile, and later Windows Phone, is now unable to do the phone, but also insist on developing different hardware forms of Windows devices, as well as other branches of the Windows 10 operating system. Windows 10S, for example, is a platform where only software can be downloaded from the Store for software installation, and in Windows 10S, UWP apps get more opportunities to show off.
Windows 10S, which can only install store apps, is not popular
However, this road is not easy to go. Windows 10S didn’t have much repercussions when it came out, after all, the Win10S, which is at a stake, has less value than the regular Win10, which is free to install software. Microsoft has since developed Windows 10X for dual-screen Surface Neo, and there are no restrictions on the installation of ordinary Win32 programs, and from such a compromise, Microsoft’s frustration with The UWP’s ecological construction can be seen.
Where is The UWP Road? This is probably an unanswerable question. Windows is not an iOS-like siege, which means microsoft has a hard time controlling the distribution channels for software applications. Losing the fulcrum of WP, UWP wants to pry the huge traditional Windows software ecosystem of the entire system, which is really very difficult.
Will new forms of Windows hardware like Surface Neo create more need for UWP applications?
For UWP to succeed, it needs a brand new hardware, a new platform that is attractive enough, and UWP applications that can take on the heavy load on multiple platforms. WP is gone, will we see Microsoft’s development on the new platform in the future? Wait and see.