The founder of Epic Games says that Microsoft is trying to lock Windows developers into using its app store for all their products.
"Here, Microsoft is moving against the entire PC industry – including consumers (and gamers in particular), software developers such as Epic Games, publishers like EA and Activision, and distributors like Valve and Good Old Games," Sweeney writes.
Unveiled in 2015, UWP allows developers to create applications that will run smoothly across the desktop, tablet and mobile versions of Windows: a single Visual Studio project can target multiple platforms, with the builds delivered to users through Microsoft's own Windows Store.
While Microsoft says that the aim of the platform is to simplify software development and compatibility, Sweeney charges that UWP, and the unique Windows features it gives access to, will also kill off third-party software stores and developers who want to directly sell their software without paying Microsoft a 30 per cent cut.
And so it begins. I have said from the beginning that eventually programs will only be available through the Microsoft store with Microsoft getting a cut from every install.
Here is the full article from Tim Sweeney here.
Edited by JohnC_21, 05 March 2016 - 09:59 AM.