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Microsoft updates Desktop App Converter with a range of improvements

Back in September, Microsoft released the Desktop App Converter to the Windows Store. Originally developed under the codename 'Project Centennial', and also known as the Desktop Bridge, the Converter allows developers to easily repackage their .NET and Win32 applications as Universal Windows Platform apps listed in the Store.

Microsoft has now released its latest update, version, of the Desktop App Converter, bringing a range of improvements:

  • With the store app you can now use the new entry point ‘DesktopAppConverter.exe<arguments>’ to run the converter from anywhere in an admin cmd or PowerShell window
  • Improved Manifest schema validation
  • Improved error messaging Validation of supported minor Windows versions
  • Improved Manifest schema validation
  • Support for auto-signing the converted apps produced by the Desktop App Converter.
  • Added support for auto-detecting app dependencies on VC++ libraries and then converting them into AppX manifest dependencies.
  • Updated the manifest schema to align with the Windows 10 Anniversary Update release (10.0.14393.0).

While apps repackaged using the Desktop App Converter are referred to by Microsoft as 'Universal Windows Platform apps', they differ from other UWP apps in that they can only run in the Windows 10 desktop environment, with no support for Windows 10 Mobile devices, even in the PC-like Continuum mode.

Source: Desktop App Converter (Windows Store) via MSPoweruser

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