Clinick also discussed Project Rome, an internal Microsoft connectivity project intended to help engage users across devices. "It's about connecting applications between devices," he said. "If you want to call an application between a PC and a phone, you can go ahead and do that, assuming, obviously, the user gets consent." The first iteration of Project Rome is shipping in the Anniversary update to Windows 10, due this summer.
Clearly, Microsoft is dangling exciting new capabilities in front of developers to entice them to UWP -- providing the means to convert old Win32 applications as well. Whether that will be enough to stir developer enthusiasm remains to be seen, but Microsoft has left no question about where it intends to go.
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