What does the future hold for consumer and enterprise software in 2016? With the input of Wolf Group’s expert developers and DBAs we discuss the most impactful software trends of the next 12 months.
As Windows 8.1 is superseded by Windows 10, over the next year we should see greater adoption giving developers the ability to have a single code base for desktop, tablet and phone applications. This will enable developers to write and deploy the same code base over all three devices. As the majority of PCs have Windows installed by default, Windows 10 market share will undoubtedly increase.
Universal app development across all Microsoft devices
Along with the growing presence of Windows 10 is the introduction of the Universal Windows Platform (UWP), which further evolves the Windows Runtime model introduced in Windows 8. The UWP now provides a common app platform available on every device that runs the latest operating system as part of the new Windows 10 unified core.
With this evolution, apps that target the UWP can call not only the WinRT APIs that are common to all devices, but also APIs (including Win32 and .NET APIs) that are specific to the device family the app is running on. The UWP provides a guaranteed core API layer across devices. This means you can create a single app package that can be installed onto a wide range of devices. And, with that single app package, the Windows Store provides a unified distribution channel to reach all the device types your app can run on.
Support for .Net Frameworks to end
Support for the .Net Framework 4.5.1 and older is due to end in 2016 and subsequent changes to Microsoft’s product lifecycle support for older .Net Framework versions will also take place in the coming months. Microsoft will continue to fully support security updates as well as non-security technical support and hotfixes of .NET 4, .NET 4.5, .NET 4.5.1, and .NET 4.5.2 until January 12, 2016.
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Microsoft’s latest product to bring intelligent customer engagement comes in the form of Dynamics CRM 2016. Microsoft have invested in key areas such as enhanced mobile capability for tablets and smartphones with next generation Cortana integration, full offline mobile capability and a CRM app for Outlook, making it easy to track emails, add contacts from within an email or even create new records to track emails against the browser on PC or Mac or mobile browser on smartphone.
In 2016 sales of virtual reality devices is predicted to hit 14 million units as major companies like Facebook-owned Oculus, HTC, Samsung and Sony all dive into the emerging market. Although these tech giants will need to go above and beyond what consumers know as modern day gaming and entertainment systems to justify the expensive investment, it’s hoped that this new generation of hardware devices will force software to adapt – with experts suggesting that virtual reality operating systems will be the next step in order to maximise user experience.
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