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Microsoft announces Windows 10 app store compatibility with .NET, Win32 apps

Microsoft has announced that .NET and Win32 apps will be available to download from the Windows 10 app store.

Raising huge whoops from the developers in attendance at Build 2015, Terry Myerson, the firm’s executive vice president of operating system, revealed that apps like Adobe’s Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements will soon be available directly from the online marketplace.

“There’s over 16 million .NET and Win32 applications being used every month in the Windows user base, ranging from some amazing games to some of the most important line-of-business apps used worldwide,” said Myerson.

“This is testament to the great work being done by Windows developers. So I’m so excited to announce that we’ll be adding support for bringing your .NET and Win32 apps into the Windows Store and take advantage of all of the new universal Windows platform capabilities.”

Windows 10 will come out later this year, and will be free of charge for certain Windows users who upgrade during the the first year of release.

Described by Myerson as being “the most popular technology in the Windows developer community”, he says that the move will make it easier for developers to leverage their existing code and skills, and reduce the cost and effort associated with bringing applications to the Windows Store.

He went on to give a demonstration of Photoshop – “one of the best Win32 applications ever” – on the Windows 10 OS, proceeding to lift Joe Belfiore’s famous hair and place it onto Scott Guthrie’s less follically blessed head.

“The Windows Store will have great support for apps built using web code, .NET and Win32 code, enabling you to use your current code bases and extend them using Windows Store’s new platform capabilities and delight customers across the one billion Windows 10 devices.”

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“It’s very exciting to share that later this year, Adobe will be bringing Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements to the Windows Store,” he concluded.

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