Just about a week ago it seemed like the most popular of my apps was my Desktop Translator, which was a Silverlight Out Of Browser (OOB) app. However, since Silverlight does not seem to play very well with Edge, the default browser in Windows 10, people was struggling with installing the app. At that point I also had a Translator for Windows 8 and a Translator for Windows Phone 8. So, it seemed like a good opportunity to try out the Windows Universal platform and make my life easier along the way.
And here is the result:
Get it now for Windows 10 here (and probably with the same link for Windows Phone 10 when it becomes available).
I didn’t quite have time to add new features to this universal version of the Translator. However I did add the capability for translating the text as you type it. I thought that could be handy.
Besides the fact that all the app source code now lives in a single place (which is already cool) I like the fact that I can keep offering a Windows 8 only version and a Windows Phone 8.1 only version under the same umbrella in the Store:
Keeping the Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8.1 versions alive is important for people that has not made the move to Windows 10 yet. This because universal apps won’t work on anything before Windows 10. And nicely the Store is very kind of offering me appropriate links for people on each platform:
And interestingly, the Windows 8.1 URL would work even for Windows 10 people, which is great!
It has been a long way for this little app since releasing it as a gadget for the Windows Vista sidebar. Who knows what will come next!