Note: Post updated the clarify the tools used to create the new apps and which apps in the Windows Store work on multiple devices.
Microsoft today announced the online availability of Windows apps and games made using the company’s Desktop Bridge to convert desktop applications so they run on multiple Windows 10-powered devices — including PCs, Microsoft phones, the Xbox One and the HoloLens holographic headset.
The apps and games started appearing this morning on Microsoft’s online Windows Store, Kevin Gallo, VP of Windows development, said in a blog post.
Skype, Dropbox, Foursquare Facebook Messenger are among the apps in the store that already run on multiple devices. Applications including Evernote, Arduino IDE, Double Twist, PhotoScape, MAGIX Movie Edit Pro, Virtual Robotics Kit, Relab, SQL Pro, Voya Media, Predicted Desire and korAccount — which do not yet run on multiple devices but could with some minor code changes minor code changes — are set to become available there within the next few days.
Multi-device apps achieve their portability in part through Desktop Bridge and Desktop App Converter, which Microsoft announced in March. Desktop App Converter itself is now available through the Windows Store, and downloading it from there will enable rapid updates, Gallo said.
Microsoft is touting its Windows store as “the safest and most secure place” for users to find apps for multiple Windows 10 devices. Windows 10 Anniversary Update is the newest version of Microsoft’s desktop and mobile operating system.