1. Ethan Alvaree's Avatar
    As of moments ago, the entire catalog of Windows Phone apps have appeared in the Windows 10 Desktop store. It appears that the two Windows Stores are finally beginning to merge into Microsoft's "One Store" as promised.

    Unfortunately, most of the social apps (Instagram, LinkedIn, WhatsApp, Messenger, Groupme, Skype Qik, Vine, Uber, Paypal, etc.) and games (Angry Birds original, Rio & Epic, Lara Croft Relic Run, Sonic CD, etc.) notify you that "This app will not work on your device" if you try to install it on your PC. Nonetheless, it's nice to see many of the popular phone apps entering the store, and hopefully soon developers will enable these apps to run on the desktop, as well.
    HeyCori likes this.
    12-06-2015 06:00 PM
  2. Ethan Alvaree's Avatar
    Update: Winbeta just posted an article on it:

    Microsoft merges Windows PC and Windows mobile app stores

    Personally, I think this is a very smart move from Microsoft.

    • It shows users that the apps they want DO exist on the Windows platform, but that they're (currently) not universal.
    • Moreover, the store page gives the user a link to contact the developer so they can ask them "why isn't your app compatible on my computer"?

    This could have the effect of developers of popular Windows Phone apps getting requests from some of the 110+ million Windows 10 desktop users for their apps to work on the PC, putting pressure on them to make their apps universal.
    12-07-2015 03:33 PM
  3. HeyCori's Avatar
    It will be interesting to see what affects this has on app downloads and development.
    12-07-2015 04:47 PM
  4. Ethan Alvaree's Avatar
    Update: As of this morning, it seems as though all of the mobile apps have been pulled from the Windows 10 desktop store. No word as to why the change occurred or when the stores will be merged again. Sad to see the stores once again divided.
    HeyCori and JohnStrk like this.
    12-09-2015 02:00 PM
  5. skstrials's Avatar
    Not all windows mobile apps will make "sense" to have on a Windows PC platform.

    For example, what are you going to do with a run tracking app on a Windows desktop? At least, it will be a good workout.

    Posted via the Windows Central App for BlackBerry
    12-13-2015 10:46 PM
  6. jhoff80's Avatar
    Honestly, it's probably just a store bug. The Store is only supposed to give you results that work on the device you're using. If that filter temporarily wasn't working properly, this would be the end result.
    HeyCori likes this.
    12-13-2015 11:10 PM

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