Opera, one of the leading browsers seems to be coming to the Windows Store. The company today tweeted that it has submitted the browser to the Windows Store and it should be live soon. Here’s the tweet:
Now, here’s the thing: we’re not quite sure if it’s the company’s classic app or Mini app (built for smartphones and iPads). It isn’t clear if the company is bringing its actual aka classic desktop browser or the Mini version to the Store. However, we’ve already reached out Opera and we’ll update this article with more info soon.
For those wondering, yes, it is possible to bring Classic Windows Apps to the Windows Store. Microsoft recently announced Project Centennial – which is another Universal Windows Platform Bridge that will allow developers to bring Win32 apps (aka Classic Windows Apps) to the Windows Store.
It’s worth noting that Microsoft and Adobe showed off how Win32 apps can be ported as Universal Windows Apps a few months ago. Interestingly enough, Adobe stated that the company will be bringing its classic Photoshop Elements and Premier Elements apps to the Windows Store — which is supposed to be available on the Windows Store later this year. However, I should point out that Project Centennial will be available to developers next year.
It’s also worth mentioning that the company’s previous Windows Store app for desktop redirected users to its website which allowed them to download their Win32 app from there – which suggests that the company could possibly release a Windows Store app for the desktop which basically redirects users to its website where users can download its Win32 apps.
It’ll be very interesting to see if Opera’s bringing its Classic Windows App to the Windows Store or if it’s the Mini version.
Until then, discuss if Opera should bring its Classing Windows App to the Windows Store in the comment section below.