Ever since the iPad came out in 2010, developers have been able to make universal apps–that is, apps that you buy once but can use in full resolution on your iPhone or iPad. It’s like getting two apps for the price of one. In the Windows ecosystem that hasn’t been possible, until now. And better yet, thanks to the tighter integration Windows offers between their tablets and laptop computers, universal Windows apps can work on their phones, tablets, and computers. That’s a lot of bang for your buck.
The first two paid apps to take advantage of this feature are games, Skulls of the Shogun and Halo: Spartan Assault. Microsoft has also made a handful of its free games into universal apps, including Solitaire, Minesweeper, Wordament, Hexic, and Mahjong.
Surely Microsoft’s hope is that this will attract more developers to make apps for their platforms, since it’s easier to make them work with all of their devices. As it stands, Android and iOS have big leads in the number of apps available for their platforms.