Microsoft has announced the Desktop to UWP Packaging Project for its upcoming Visual Studio "15" developer tools, which should make it easier to convert Windows desktop apps to Windows 10 UWP apps.

Desktop to UWP Packaging Project

Microsoft has already released the Desktop App Converter Preview, also known as "Project Centennial", but today's announcement means that developers can build and test those converted desktop apps directly from within Visual Studio "15". Microsoft says:

The packaging project has a configuration file that allows Visual Studio to deploy any updates you make to the binaries from editing your desktop app projects directly into the UWP app package. You can launch and debug the UWP app package directly from within Visual Studio when you hit F5. You can set a break point in your existing code and step through it.

Developers who want to try out the Desktop to UWP Packaging Project can do so with the current Windows 10 Insider preview build 14342. They will also have to install the Desktop App Converter Preview, Visual Studio "15" Preview 2 and the Desktop to UWP Packaging VSIX from the Visual Studio Gallery.