Microsoft Lets You Share Apps Between WP8.1 And W8.1

By 01:51 Mon, 19 Jul 2021 Comments


The Windows Phone 8.1 update brings a ton of recent features to the OS. We've covered the majority of them, but one particularly fascinating got detailed just now. With WP8.1, Microsoft enables users to buy an app once and utilize it on both their Windows 8.1 desktop and Windows Phone 8.1 smartphone.


The recent feature only applies for app purchased while running Windows Phone 8.1 and won't apply for apps bought before the recent API is in place.

Microsoft's effort to bring accurate convergence between its mobile and desktop operating systems depends on the developers. It's up to them to bake in the support for app sharing into their products.

More specifically, the developers have to code their application as an "universal app" for the feature to work. This is neat, as it requires the developer to only create their app once and it's automatically compatible with both the Windows desktop and phone OS.

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