Microsoft releases Project Westminster
Windows 10 is releasing at the end of July, and Microsoft is focused on securing as much third-party support as possible in the way of apps and browser extensions. Project Westminster has just been made available in order to help devs convert their applications to work with the new OS. Since Windows 10 will be very similar on tablets, laptops, smartphones, and even consoles, Project Westminster will aid in optimizing the applications for the different devices.
The new program goes even further, even helping applications work better with Microsoft's new HoloLens. This feature may not become popular until 2016 when the device is sold commercially, but the support for such a new and unique product this early on is comforting. One concern with Project Westminster is that it could lead to complacency for developers. Instead of taking the time to add functionality and new features, could some take advantage of the program in order to cut corners to quickly publish the app without making any changes whatsoever?
This remains to be seen. Hopefully app developers will use the program responsibility, helping them to convert their creations to Windows 10 more easily, but only time will tell. Microsoft Windows 10 is set to release on July 29th with a variety of new laptops and devices, and those upgrading from Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 will be able to do so for free.