The big day is finally here. People are busy upgrading their Windows 8.1 installations with the recently released Update, mobile enthusiasts are in refreshing their smartphones with the developer preview of Windows Phone 8.1.
And in the meantime, Microsoft has marked the start of a new era with universal Windows and Windows Phone applications.
The company is now accepting universal applications for its combined Windows and Windows Phone Store, and while the merger of these two app repositories has been on the cards for a while now, one popular game can now be purchased and used on both platforms.
As this report notes, Halo: Spartan Assault is now listed as a universal app on both stores, meaning users that buy the game (it recently got discounted to $4.99) will have a license that can be used on Windows as well as Windows Phone.
The Windows Store lists the game here, by the way, and it can also be found on the Windows Phone Store here at this link. Pure delight, don’t you think?
While some may say that this could have been planned right from the beginning, but the good thing is that universal apps on the Windows platform are now a reality — and this should clear up a lot of the concerns customers had when buying the same game or app twice.
Now, developers still have the final say in this, however, and they can keep their apps separate for both platforms, but at the same time, it does increase the amount of users quite substantially. Most will bite.