Microsoft will make building apps for dual-screen devices 'as easy as possible'

Microsoft has pledged that it will make building apps for the incoming wave of dual-screen devices as simple as possible.

Last month, Microsoft announced dual-screen Surface devices which it believes are the future of mobile computing. Somewhat confusing matters is that various devices will run different operating systems:

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The new Surface devices aren’t expected until late next year but Microsoft wanted to set out its vision early to begin recruiting developers for Windows 10X, its OS specifically designed for dual-screen PCs.

Microsoft’s recruitment drive is beginning to accelerate and today the company has posted a blog post which expands on how development for the new OS will work.

As easy as possible

Redmond promises they’ll make it “as easy as possible for your existing websites and apps to work well on dual-screen devices.”

Like the earlier image shows, Windows 10X is designed to support developers’ existing investments in web, UWP, and Win32 apps. This huge existing library of apps should help prevent Windows 10X from becoming another Windows 10 RT.

The new Surface Duo is, essentially, just another Android device and will support apps designed for Google’s platform and the web. Once again, it seems Microsoft is learning from its past mistakes and ensuring developers have little-to-no work to do for their apps to be supported. The large existing library of Android apps should help prevent the Duo from the terminal lack of interest which Windows Phone suffered.

Of course, for developers that want to enhance their apps to fully take advantage of dual-screen devices, Microsoft says it’s working on ways to make that as easy as possible.

Kevin Gallo, Corporate Vice President of the Windows Developer Platform, wrote:

“For native app developers, our goal is to develop a common model layered onto existing platform-specific tools and frameworks for Windows and Android. Of course, APIs to access this model will be tailored to the developer platform for each operating system. For example, you can use APIs to enhance your apps to use dual-screen capabilities and features like the 360-degree hinge.

Web will continue to follow the standards-based model. And we are committed to building the right web standards and APIs to allow web developers to take advantage of cross-platform dual-screen capabilities. Web developers can use the browser or web-based app model of their choosing to take advantage of these capabilities.”

Microsoft says that it’s excited to start working with developers on building apps for the incoming wave of dual-screen devices. Developers wishing to be early adopters can email dualscreendev@microsoft.com to learn more.

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