Apps & Software

Here is our best look at Microsoft’s universal app strategy yet

The number of new developers opting into Microsoft’s universal development platform has reportedly grown “60 percent month over month,” according to the tech giant’s latest statistics revealed during the company’s Build 2016 keynote.

In terms of specific apps that will soon work across the tech giant’s Windows, mobile, Xbox and desktop platforms, Microsoft says that major social media platforms like Instagram, Messenger and Facebook, as well as the company’s proprietary advertising SDK, are all now part of Windows’ universal app strategy.

Other new universal versions of popular apps include Uber, Hulu, Dailymotion and Skype.

While Windows 10 users likely don’t care about Microsoft’s new app strategy, moving forward, universal app applications are crucial to Microsoft’s plans for Windows 10 mobile, particularily when it comes to social media apps.

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