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Today's ITUnity Champ:

Joseph Finney

Joseph Finney

Design Engineer, ITW Ark-Les
Blog: https://www.petri.com/
Twitter: @TheJoeFin

The writers on Petri.com definitely are members of the IT Unity Community. Among that group is Finney, who is doing some interesting posts and solid outreach.

In his day job with New Berlin, Wisc.-based ITW ARk-Les, Finney does everything from develop concepts, to maintain released CAD files. He is involved in customer troubleshooting, testing and updating parts and assemblies.

He’s a regular contributor to Petri.com. And he also seems to know more than many about Microsoft OneNote (which, given my OneNote-phobia, I consider a plus).

In case you missed it yesterday, Finney wrote what I’m guessing may be a controversial, yet thought-provoking post. Just a couple weeks ahead of Microsoft’s developer-focused Build 2017 conference, Finney blogged about Microsoft’s Project Centennial bridge — its tool meant to help bring Win32 apps to the Windows 10 Store.

Why Has Microsoft’s Project Centennial Been So Unsuccessful?

Two years ago, at Microsoft’s developer conference, Terry Meyerson announced the use of four different bridges. These bridges provided a way that developers could bring apps to Windows 10. There was an iOS bridge, Android bridge, web apps bridge, and the classic win32 desktop apps bridge. Currently, the Android bridge is dead. The web apps bridge has been silent. Only the iOS bridge and the Win32 bridge have had any success.

Of these four bridges, three of them were an attempt to draw developers from alternative platforms to Windows. Project Centennial is different. This bridge was aimed at existing Windows developers who have built applications for the Windows desktop environment. It wants to bring them into the new Microsoft app store.

I expected these Windows developers to gladly run a command line application, package up their app, and submit it to the Windows 10 app store. That is not what has happened. There have been very few Project Centennial apps to come through the store and those who have come through are not big names. This article attempts to understand why there are so few popular desktop apps in the Windows app store.

Read the rest of his post here.