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Built for the enterprise

There’s no need to start from scratch—you can bring your existing desktop and web investments to Windows 10 and then tap into enterprise-class security features and reduce maintenance costs with trustworthy package deployments.

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Enterprise-class security

Credential Locker and encryption APIs enable your passwords to roam with peace of mind, while Windows Hello provides a range of intuitive biometric protections that help keep security out of the way.

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Modern application packages

Create an MSIX package for each of your desktop applications. Your applications will install cleanly without altering the registry and the file system.

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Flexible deployment options

Publish your application to specific organizations in the Microsoft Store for Business, use existing mobile device management tools to distribute your application, or distribute an installer file to users across your organization.

Bring your application to Windows 10


In most cases, you can directly deploy your existing desktop applications to Windows 10.


Create an MSIX package for your Windows 10 users. An MSIX package gives you clean, trustworthy, and low-cost deployment.


Use Universal Windows Platform (UWP) APIs in your desktop application to add modern experiences that light up for Windows 10 users.

Add new experiences

Add UWP XAML UI that incorporates modern interaction models such as speech, touch, ink, and dial into your desktop application.

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Enterprise applications on Windows 10: Part 1

This video examines why Windows 10 is the ideal platform for developing enterprise applications. Learn how Windows 10 makes it easy to keep your applications updated, how you can reuse your existing assets, and how Windows 10 helps you protect your data.

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Enterprise applications on Windows 10: Part 2

Dive deeper into what makes Windows 10 the best platform for enterprise applications, including the broad range of native features of Windows 10 and full support for existing desktop application frameworks such as WPF.

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Changes to the Universal Windows Platform

Learn about recent improvements to the UWP platform on Windows 10 for desktop application developers, including the Fluent Design System, inking capabilities, and MSIX.

Tools and resources

Development tools for Windows 10

Download the latest version of Visual Studio, the Windows SDK, and other tools.



Use Xamarin to target Windows, iOS and Android while providing native app experiences on each platform.



Use the Prism framework to build loosely coupled, maintainable, and testable enterprise-grade apps for Windows 10.