Starting today developers can now link Windows Store and Windows Phone applications to create the already-announced “universal” applications that Microsoft announced recently at its Build developer conference.
Microsoft is working to unite development for its two core Windows platforms, incentivizing developers to create apps for Windows by making it easier to target two separate audiences while reusing much of the code between the applications. Microsoft is in the process of harmonizing its stores, but that process is not yet complete.
The company will eventually bring the Xbox One, another Windows-based machine, into the universal app game. The gist of a universal Windows app, according to Microsoft, is that it allows consumers to snag an app once, and download it for all compatible Windows devices. As we know, the devices that will be compatible with the app varietal will grow.
This morning, Microsoft released Windows Phone 8.1 to developers. TechCrunch published hands-on notes…
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