We’ve talked before about Microsoft’s plan for universal apps. These apps will work across all types of devices from PCs to tablets to phones to game consoles.  Among the universal apps headed to a device near you are social media heavyweights Instagram, Facebook, and Facebook Messenger.

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Besides allowing you to easily transfer documents and other data seamlessly between devices, these new apps may change a fundamental fact about PCs – that they get slower over time.

That’s due to what’s called bit rot. Bit rot comes from registry bloat. Every time you open a Windows Win32.exe program your registry gets larger and continues to fill with data, until it becomes bloated and slows down your PC.

This won’t happen with universal apps (just a reminder: programs and apps are the same thing. They’re applications that run on a device. When we talk about PCs, we sometimes refer to “desktop apps” those are programs that only run in a desktop environment.)

Microsoft promises that these apps won’t slow down your PC, that means your PC will stay faster for longer.  And they’ve even come up with a way for developers to convert old-style Win32.exe programs into new universal apps. A converter called Centennial promises to let developers take old-style apps and change them into the new-style apps in just a few minutes.

~ Cynthia