No wonder Windows is the platform of choice for software developers. With support for almost all software development languages and tools, it's much easier to build and test apps on Windows than on other operating systems.
With Windows 11 here, developers are excited to see how this will affect their performance and flexibility, and whether or not they should upgrade to it. Today we're going to examine how Microsoft made its developer operating system better (or worse).
Let's get started if you are here to find an answer to the same question.
Revision of the Microsoft Store
The redesigned Microsoft Store is one of the exciting new Windows 11 features that is now more for developers.
Broader app support
Previously, Microsoft had a UWP-only requirement that forced developers to rewrite their non-UWP apps in the UWP format. This policy usually discouraged developers, which eventually resulted in apps not being available in the Microsoft Store.
With the latest update, it supports other forms of apps like Win32, PWA, and .NET. This means that developers can now focus on more important areas of their apps, such as improving their user interface.
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Third Party StoreFront Support
E-commerce app stores like the Amazon Appstore and the Epic Games Store will also be available directly in the new Microsoft Store. So effective that any app developers who may have published on these storefronts (or others that Microsoft says will be available in the future) don't need separate uploads to the Microsoft Store.
Perhaps the best step Microsoft has taken is incentivizing software developers. Microsoft previously reduced its share of app sales from 30% to 15% to make its Microsoft Store more competitive.
In addition, Microsoft will allow developers using their own or a third-party commerce platform with their apps to keep 100% of the revenue from their platform apps.
In short, Microsoft now allows more than one app format to be published, third-party storefronts, and gives developers the choice to keep 100% of sales. These three incentives make the latest update more rewarding than ever for the developer community.
Android app support
Microsoft is creating new opportunities for app developers by bringing the world of Android closer to Windows. Even if developers still have to be patient, everyone will benefit from the promised Android support and the Amazon Store integration. Microsoft is still working on the integration of Amazon Appstore into the Microsoft Store.
Once Android apps are supported, developer apps will have better reach and higher downloads. Users who have downloaded apps on their phones can also download them on their desktops. In addition, this feature will help mobile app developers create apps that also meet the needs of desktop users.
But it is not possible to measure the effectiveness of this new feature until it is there and tried. The developers have to wait for this.
At the front end, Microsoft has renamed Project Reunion and WinUI 3 and redesigned it as Windows App SDK. However, it does not replace the existing one Windows SDK, and Microsoft has encouraged developers to adapt to it "at their own pace".
Internally, support for Win32 and .NET apps continues while new APIs and app development tools are added. The Windows App SDK aims to introduce APIs that will help fill the gap in various app models. Microsoft plans to minimize the gap and help developers.
Although it started with the latest Microsoft operating system, this update is available for Windows 10 (up to version 1809). So if you can't find any reasons to update other than the improved Windows App SDK, at some point you will also get an update for your version of Windows 10.
One major improvement, however, is that Windows Terminal is now pre-installed in Windows. Downloading it separately (as the developers did on previous Windows) isn't too big a deal. However, the inclusion of Windows Terminal shows that Microsoft is careful to optimize its operating system for programming.
With Windows 11, Microsoft has dramatically improved the use of your screen space for multitasking. First, Microsoft has the Snap Wizard Function previously available on Windows 10 by adding more visual elements.
- Snap layouts: When you hover over the maximize button, a pop-up shows six different layouts for your screen. However, the number of options may vary depending on the screen size.
- Snap groups: You can lock a layout you are working with and minimize it from the system tray. This will help you group your apps and switch between different window combinations.
- External monitor layouts: When you reconnect your monitor, all of your apps will return to their position before they were disconnected.
All of these options can be disabled by settings > multitasking.
Second, Microsoft has the. renamed Virtual desktops Function too Desktops only. You can now change the desktop wallpaper for each desktop so that your unrelated apps run separately.
Developers multitask more than most other professionals. While other features increase efficiency, support for external monitors saves the time spent rearranging your apps. Compared to Windows 10, multitasking is a motivation for developers to upgrade.
Windows 11's use of TPM 2.0, UEFI Secure Boot, and VBS capabilities make it more secure for developers than most operating systems on the market. Unauthorized third party access to data on your drive is now more difficult than ever. Increased security is another plus for developers.
Windows 11 is optimized to concentrate all resources on the actively used app. This optimization has made Windows work faster, and it will benefit the developer community the most. In this video, the Windows Mechanics team explains all the technical details.
Will Windows 11 be a success for developers?
Microsoft has given developers many reasons to love their operating system by redesigning the Windows user interface, improving and introducing new software development tools, and encouraging developers to use its storefront.
On the one hand, its features make it the best operating system for developers out there. On the other hand, the increased hardware requirements could lead many developers to throw away their perfectly capable "older" PCs just because the older hardware does not fully support Windows 11.
Microsoft's newest operating system is still being tested, and only time can tell how these improvements will play out.
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