Windows 10 will be launching on July 29, and one of the company's biggest pushes is for each platform running the OS to have familiar applications that offer an essentially platform-agnostic experience. Microsoft's solution for this is Universal Apps.
Universal Apps will run natively on any platform running Windows 10, whether it be on your PC, tablet, phone, Xbox, or what have you, and they will operate in the same fashion no matter what device you run them on.
Microsoft has previously revealed that Outlook Mail and Outlook Calendar will be pre-installed in Windows 10, but the company has also been developing Word for Windows 10, Excel for Windows 10, PowerPoint for Windows 10 and OneNote for Windows 10. These applications will be available through the Windows Store and will be free of charge. The Universal Windows Application versions of these are touch enabled and will work in much the same way as the Android versions released earlier this year.
Word broke that Microsoft's Universal Windows Apps will be available in the Windows store on July 29, coinciding with the launch of Windows 10, but Microsoft had not made any public statements to that effect. We reached out to Microsoft for confirmation, and we were told by a company spokesperson that Universal Windows Apps will indeed be added to the Windows Store when Window 10 becomes available at the end of the month.
This is good news for users who may have been getting a little nervous about the staggered releases that Windows 10 will be getting (see below):
- Windows 10 Is Coming, But Don't Expect It This Month
- Here's What's Coming To Xbox On Windows 10
- Windows 10 Mobile Coming Later This Year