With the Windows 10 Creators Update, Microsoft is making significant changes to the Share experience both at user level and developer level. For users, they have made the whole Share experience easier to use. First of all, they have refreshed the Share icon in Windows to be more familiar and user-friendly. If you are an iOS or Android user, you must be already familiar with the below icon which is on the right.
When an user taps the Share icon inside any app, the new Share dialog will appear in the center of the invoking app to show what apps can share this content.
Developers need not make any changes to their app to support their new Share experience. After user taps an app in the dialog, it will invoke the Share target modally in the center of the app. In addition to the apps that are already installed on the user’s PC, Microsoft will now promote Share target apps in the Windows Store directly in the Share experience. Users can just tap install to download the specific app from Windows Store. Microsoft is choosing Promoted Apps based on their popularity in the user’s region.
To to make it easier for users to find apps that they might want to share with, Microsoft is allowing developers to inject targets directly into the Share contract as part of their Share experience. Even if a given app or behavior is not currently available in the Windows, developers can include a Share Provider to bring the particular functionality to the users. Microsoft is also introducing a new event called “OnShareOperationCompleted” through which developers can get information about the Share target and to build experiences around content that users have shared in the past.