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New Universal Windows apps include Facebook, Instagram

New Universal Windows apps include Facebook, Instagram

New versions of popular apps are coming soon from Uber, Hulu, Dailymotion, Skype and, yes, Engadget. Xbox gamers, meanwhile, get updates to Tomb Raider, Disney Infinity and other titles. Microsoft courted controversy recently with game developers like Epic after announcing it would close its store to third-party apps, but today said it will allow mods and overlays for UWP. In addition, it introduced software called Centennial to import Win32 apps to the Universal platform. As an example of that, Xbox chief Phil Spencer showed off a converted UWP version of Age of Empires II, a Steamworks app, which appeared to run normally.

Windows desktop users may not care as much about Universal apps, since the features are already accessible by browser. However, they’re pretty important for Microsoft’s Windows Phone users. While social media apps are crucial, Microsoft hasn’t forgotten other popular categories like banking. As such, new UWA apps from American Express, Bank of America and Starbucks are bound to be popular on Windows Phone, assuming users haven’t given up on the platform, of course.

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