Slack is not making a Universal Windows App because its not universal enough

The team and WMPU use Slack for our day to day coordination, and while it has a perfectly passible app on the desktop, their new Windows Phone app leaves a lot to be desired in terms of functionality, features and ease of use.

This of course raises the question – why not make their desktop app a Universal Windows App, which would mean a lot more resources would be expended to make it a polished affair, justified by the much larger desktop user base, while Windows phone users would benefit as a side effect.

Redditor Edvinas asked Slack that question and received the following response:


As Slack support suggests, Universal Windows Apps only work on Windows 10, and while there are more than 120 million people on the OS, most of those are not in enterprise, and that would still leave more than a billion PC users not on the OS.

Of course Microsoft plans to change this equation with a huge push to get 1 billion users on Windows 10 over the next 3 years, and are already 10% there, but I think it will be at least a few more years before Windows 10 is more or less ubiquitous before UWA would be the default choice for desktop developers.

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