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The foundation for any Windows Store app, whether it’s the Netflix app or a brand new game, is the Universal Windows Platform (UWP), which Ybarra called an all-in-one package installation. By using the UWP as the building block for any program, the development process for creators is easier, and the finished product is more stable at launch.

With the utilization of the UWP, the app is considered a Universal Windows App (UWA). We saw the first wave of these UWAs in January 2015, when Microsoft revealed more about Windows 10. Apps such as Office, Mail, Photos and Messaging were all part of this new program. In fact, every game from the Windows Store is considered a UWA.
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http://www.tomshardware.com/news/microsoft-windows-store-plans-uwp,31301.html





You should read the whole article, it's very cringe-worthy.
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But so far games suck in Windows Store. In theory Windows Store is good but practice with MS behind it not.
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The store is here to stay. No Xbone ports and other new Microsoft games will be on Steam, and that's a good thing. More options for us, and I'll glady take Microsoft's first party games vs Valve's stagnant lineup with dat awful DOTA2 as their frontrunner.
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The store is here to stay. No Xbone ports and other new Microsoft games will be on Steam, and that's a good thing. More options for us, and I'll glady take Microsoft's first party games vs Valve's stagnant lineup with dat awful DOTA2 as their frontrunner.

I'm all for Microsoft building up their own store, though I'd still prefer it being an application of its own rather than them integrating it into the OS. Kind of funny, EU sued MS for integrating Media Player / IE into the operating system but now this stuff happens without anyone batting an eye.

A file format which prohibits all forms of modding and sandboxes the whole game, with all the limitations currently has on top of it, is not appealing, either.
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Do they know what "ATTRACT" means ? rolleyes.gif
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I initially read the title as "The Windows Store: Microsoft's Strategy To Attack PC Gamers". Boy, i need a nap.

Apparently M$ wants this to be the new steam. They're touting launch games stability. Does that mean M$ will personally filter incoming games before they are launched to the public? I'm tired of buying launch titles and come to find out they're actually 'early access', except for the launch day price.
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The store is here to stay. No Xbone ports and other new Microsoft games will be on Steam, and that's a good thing. More options for us, and I'll glady take Microsoft's first party games vs Valve's stagnant lineup with dat awful DOTA2 as their frontrunner.

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I'm all for Microsoft building up their own store, though I'd still prefer it being an application of its own rather than them integrating it into the OS. Kind of funny, EU sued MS for integrating Media Player / IE into the operating system but now this stuff happens without anyone batting an eye.

A file format which prohibits all forms of modding and sandboxes the whole game, with all the limitations currently has on top of it, is not appealing, either.

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“I’m completely open to having UWA sold in more places than our store,” he said. “In fact, that’s a promise of ours to say, ‘If Steam wants to sell a UWA version of a game, go ahead.’ If we had a developer come to us and say, 'I want to make a UWA [game] and I want to distribute it on Steam and Windows,' we’d sit down with them and say, 'Let’s call Valve and figure this out. Let’s make it happen.'"

May not be limited to the Microsoft store. I think the real limitations come from the game being UWP. Maybe somewhere down the road it will get better but this UWP thing seems like nothing more than a very efficient emulator/virtualization technique.
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not to be a . . but this is already being discussed, no?
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