Windows 10 Creators Update Developer VM and Desktop App Converter Now Available

Windows 10 Creators Update Developer VM and Desktop App Converter Now Available

Now that the Windows 10 Creators Update rollout is in full swing - well a steady and cautious swing anyway - the company is slowly updating key tools so they support the new features in the third major update for Windows 10.

So far the Redmond company has released Creators Update aware tools like a new SDK and mobile eumlator, new features in the Desktop Bridge, and several other resources.

Since then two key tools have also been updated with support for the Creators Update.

Windows Developer Evaluation Virtual Machines for April 2017

These VMs allow you to set up a Windows developer stack in no time so that you can go to work immediately and not have to wait for installs on your own devices.

The April 2017 updates include:

-- Windows 10 Creators Update – Enterprise Evaluation, Version 1703

-- Visual Studio 2017 with the Universal Windows Platform (15063 SDK) and Azure workflows enabled

-- Windows UWP samples (March 2017 Update)

-- Windows Subsystem for Linux

The 20GB download is available for VMWare, VirtualBox, Parallels, and of course Microsoft's Hyper-V.

Desktop App Converter

This app helps developers bring their .NET/Win32 programs to the Universal Windows Platform (UWP) as apps that will be available in the Windows Store.

Theses converted apps can take full advantage of most features in Windows 10 Creators Update.

The app does require a Windows 10 Base Image, known as a WIM file, and they are available in the Microsoft Download Center.

The current package of WIM files includes images for the Windows 10 Anniversary Update (Build 14393), the Creators Update (Build 15063), and Windows Insider Preview releases (Builds 16176 and 16179).

Microsoft's annual developer conference, Build 2017, is less than two weeks away so stay tuned for our coverage at the event.

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