Amazon’s video streaming service, Prime Video, has been present on most of the major platforms for a while, including on Chromecast and Android TV. However, an obvious omission is Windows 10, as there is still no native app on the platform. While the service has been available on Xbox One since November 2017, the only way to access it on Windows 10 is through a web browser.
That may soon change, as a new Universal Windows Platform (UWP) version of Prime Video has been spotted in the Microsoft Store in preview form by Aggiornamenti Lumia. The app has reportedly been in the works for a few months for release on the platform and will be the first time that a native client for the service will make it to Microsoft's desktop platform.
The publication has managed to download the preview version and has posted a few screenshots showing its various sections. Interestingly, the site notes that Amazon has dedicated resources to the development of the app for the past three months, with an official release imminent in the near future. As for the app itself, it seems to maintain parity with the features on the web, and also contains sections such as 'Downloads' for offline viewing.
It is interesting to see the e-commerce giant’s decision to invest resources into creating a native UWP client. The Redmond firm has been bringing many of UWP’s capabilities to Win32, as the former has not been as well-received as the company expected. It also announced Project Reunion at Build this year as a way to unify UWP and Win32. It is not clear if the app uses any UWP capabilities that could not have been ported from the web into the Store using a wrapper. Regardless, the addition of a native Prime Video app will be a welcome change for those that have been waiting for it.
Source and Images: Aggiornamenti Lumia