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

Convert your apps and games to provide clean installation and update experiences for your users. You can then distribute through the Windows Store or continue to use your existing distribution channels.

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Benefits of using the Desktop Bridge

  • Streamlined deployment. Apps and games using the bridge have a great deployment experience that ensures users can confidently install and update. For developers, it reduces time authoring setup experiences and keeping users up-to-date.
  • Increased reach and simplified monetization. Choosing to distribute through the Windows Store gets you increased reach to millions of Windows 10 users, who can acquire apps, games and in-app purchases with local payment options.
  • Broadened use-cases across devices. Using the bridge, developers can gradually migrate their code to the Universal Windows Platform to reach every Windows 10 device, including phones, Xbox One and HoloLens.
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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 as 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 started
    Learn more about how bring your app across the Desktop Bridge.
  • Conversion options
    You can convert your app in multiple ways—by using the Desktop App Converter tool, a third-party installer (like Install Shield, WiX, or Advanced Installer), or manually.
  • 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.
  • Deploying and debugging
    Find information to help you succeed in deploying and debugging your app or game using Visual Studio.
  • How the Bridge works
    Take a deeper dive on how the Desktop Bridge works under the covers.
  • Code samples
    Browse complete code for a variety of bridge scenarios on GitHub.

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