Bring your existing apps and games to the Windows Store with the Desktop Bridge

Convert your apps and games to provides clean installation and updates to your users. You can distribute the app in the Windows Store or use your existing distribution channels.

Benefits of converting a desktop app to a UWP app

  • App model. The converted app has a well-defined app model and a deployment experience that ensures clean install, uninstall, and seamless updates. The behavior and performance (including startup) of users' systems remain pristine.
  • App identity. A UWP app has an identity, which enables features such as push notifications, Live Tile updates, and in-app product offers for your app.
  • App enhancement. At your own pace, you can add UWP features to your app such as background tasks, app services, and many more. You can use the rich UWP feature set in your app.
  • Reach every Windows device. Once all functionality moves from the full-trust portion of your app and into the app container portion, your app will be able to reach every Windows device.
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We’re excited to bring our full-featured Evernote app to the Windows Store. The Desktop Bridge vastly simplifies our installer and uninstaller. It also opens up UWP APIs that we’ve taken advantage of, including the live tiles and notifications. And having the full-featured Evernote app in the Windows Store means future improvements will reach users faster.

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Learn more about how to enable existing desktop applications (such sa Win32 and .NET) to become part of the Universal Windows Platform (UWP) ecosystem.

See how the Desktop App Converter and the technologies behind it enable you to convert your existing desktop application to a UWP app.


  • Get the Desktop App Converter
    Install and run the converter to bring your applications to the Universal Windows Platform today.
  • Why convert your application to UWP?
    Convert your existing desktop apps to UWP apps to get access to the Windows Store, and cleanly install, uninstall, update, and enhance apps with UWP features.
  • Converted desktop app extensions
    Learn how to use extensions in your converted desktop app to run startup tasks, integrate with File Explorer, add app execution aliases, and work with various file types and protocol associations.
  • Deploy and debug your converted UWP app
    Find information to help you succeed in deploying and debugging your app using Visual Studio.

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