The future of PC apps
Alan Mendelevich

Great article — From using a Surface Pro 3, I’ve been given the opportunity to really feel what kind of applications (web/native) I’d like to use.

WEB VS WIN32/64 Apps

From a personal stand point I like using for my personal e-mail/calendar/contacts.

At work, where much time is spent on e-mail I prefer a client like Outlook 2016. The power, speed and features (like flags, checks, categories, rules, and keyboard shortcuts) allow me to just dominate e-mail. Using e-mail as an example, it’s much harder to paste a photo (tables and other content) on a web mail application, than it is on a browser.

Excel and Word are other great examples of how the power they pack make it easier for me to format and create content for a wide audience.

WIN32/64 Apps VS UWP

One Note Win App is really powerful, however for what I use it it’s over kill and not very touch friendly. Enter One Note UWP. This version of one note is really low powered and takes advantage of the pen 100%. I am able to dumb down the application while still simulating the same feel as writing in a real notebook. For meetings UWP One Note wins my heart.

You mention streaming videos. Though I can easily watch videos on the web through I am really happy that they came up with a UWP app. This makes it easier and is less distracting when trying to focus on the content. Although I do sometimes miss the comments feature on the web (currently not present on their UWP app)

Editing photos with Applications like Premiere, Photoshop, etc, are much more welcome to me in a full native WIN32/64 form. The UWP app of Photoshop is cute in Windows Phone — but nothing more than a soaped up Instagram filter maker without any kind of super tools.


Apps like One Drive can be found in all shapes and forms, however I must give a win to WIN32/64 app that allows me to manage my files as if they were in my PC. The flexibility and immediate loading of files that are deleted/moved make the experience seamless as if the files were part of my computer.

One Drive UWP is ok to look at the files and browse but just like it’s web counter part it’s a pain and half. Selecting multiple files is tricky and if you delete anything then good luck at scrolling to where you were, this is, if you haven’t accidentally opened up a photo and unselected all your previous photos by mistake.

I do agree with you most websites nowadays work very well via browser, but I do like the smooth rendering better when using an application like Star Bucks to load just perfectly when I’m trying to pay or reload my card or using star points to pay for my beverage. I think that the web versions of these sites could definitely improve — it just hard for the experience to be so flawless when everyone else uses different technology that’s optimized for a specific browser.

The Future

What I find interesting is the idea that we’re going to all be wearing devices like Holo Lens. The experience of these applications is going to mirror something like they do now. You’ll use Photoshop Win64 app when you’re home and sitting down, but you’ll use Photoshop UWP when you’re on the move and you want to brighten or darken a photo you just took before sharing it socially (less complicated interface). UWP app will load with a predefined resolution like a phone that you can place in your hands, where as the WIN64 will load a huge sq as if a screen was in front of you. These will essentially be our phones. If battery was not an issue, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Microsoft combining the Mobile part of Windows in these devices.

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