Desktop Bridge – The Migrate phase: invoking a Win32 process from a UWP app

In the last posts we’ve seen, so far, three different approaches to use the Desktop Bridge: Taking an existing Win32 installer and converting it into an AppX package through the Desktop App Converter tool or by leveraging manual conversion Taking an existing Win32 application and enhancing it, by adding UWP APIs to send toast notifications,…

41

Desktop Bridge – Multiple desktop processes, a single UWP container

In the previous post we have learned how to expand a desktop application with a background task, which is a component that belongs to the Universal Windows Platform. For the first time, we didn’t have just a single process running inside the UWP container (like we’ve seen in this post, where we were leveraging some…

11

Desktop Bridge – Expanding a desktop application with a UWP component

In one of the previous posts we have seen how the Desktop Bridge can be helpful to take an existing desktop application and expanding it with some APIs from the Universal Windows Platform, without having to immediately rewrite it completely as a native UWP app. When a Win32 application is running, in fact, inside the…

9

Desktop Bridge – Identify the application’s context

In the previous post we’ve seen how the Desktop Bridge allows developer not just to turn a desktop application into an AppX package as it is and, eventually, nominate it so that we can publish it on the Store, but also to start integrating Windows 10 features without having to rewrite it from scratch as…

2

Desktop Bridge – Enhancing a desktop application with the UWP APIs

Update: this post has been updated on 11/21/2016 to reflect the official name of Visual Studio 15 announced at Connect() 2016, which is Visual Studio 2107 In the first post of the series we’ve learned how the Desktop Bridge is a series of tools created to bridge the gap between the existing Win32 world and…

0

Desktop Bridge – Manually converting a desktop application

Update: this post has been updated on 11/21/2016 to reflect the official name of Visual Studio 15 Preview announced during Connect() 2016, which is Visual Studio 2107 In the previous post we have seen how, by using the Desktop App Converter tool, it’s possible to convert an installer (like a MSI file) into an AppX,…

8

Desktop Bridge – Converting an installer with Desktop App Converter

Hopefully, thanks to the previous post, you have now a better picture of the scenario where the Desktop Bridge fits: it helps Win32 developers to start moving their first steps in the UWP world and getting benefits of some of his advantages, without having to rewrite the app from scratch. In this article we’ll start…

26

Desktop Bridge – The bridge between desktop apps and the Universal Windows Platform

A couple of years ago, during the BUILD conference, Microsoft announced a technology called Project Centennial, which goal is to help developers to take their existing traditional desktop applications and to bring them to the Store, along with the native full Universal Windows Platform apps. Now Project Centennial has become a reality: it’s officially known…

5

AppConsult @ BUILD

Wow. Our AppConsult team was fortunate to host an area at BUILD again this year. In total we assisted 173 customers. We were partnered with folks from the Centennial and UX Teams. In addition our team assisted at the 24hr Hackathon which started after BUILD on Friday at 6pm and ended at 6pm Saturday evening.  You…