Microsoft Desktop App Converter brings Old-School apps to Windows Platform
Microsoft recently introduced the “Centennial” desktop app converter which developers can use to convert their Win32 and .NET apps into the AppX app format for use in the Windows store.
This enables people who’ve written legacy apps to deploy them to the app store as Universal Windows Platform apps. The key feature of this is to ensure that the app experience is suitable, regardless of whether the user is on a mobile device, a computer, a surface-like device, or devices without screens or passive display devices, where applicable.
The converters should hugely increase the availability of apps in the Windows store. Microsoft also revealed that they had been working with enterprise accounting software company Sage to bring its Sage 200 software to the Windows store.
The Centennial toolkit is not live yet, but is coming out soon, ready to be used as part of the Microsoft Developer Preview program.