By Steve DonderoMicrosoft is adding another layer of desktop software to its suite of Windows 10 software tools.
The Redmond company today launched its new suite, the Microsoft Desktop App Platform, in a preview build of Windows Insiders for Windows 8 and Windows RT 8.1.
The Desktop App platform will include an in-browser tool that allows developers to build desktop apps for Windows, Windows Phone, Windows 8, Windows 10, and Linux.
Microsoft is offering this new platform as a preview, meaning that developers can get a feel for what’s new, but it won’t be released to the public until later this year.
The platform will also offer developers a number of in-app tools that can help developers create and share desktop apps, such as the Windows 10 Mobile App SDK, and the Microsoft Mobile SDK for Windows.
Microsoft’s new platform will be available to developers at the Windows Developer Center, but the company says that it will only be available for “enterprise and commercial customers” that support the Windows Store.
Microsoft says that the Desktop App platforms will work with the same tools that you would use to create desktop apps in Windows 8 or Windows 10.
It also says that developers should only use the Microsoft Windows 10 Desktop App SDK for desktop apps.
Microsoft has yet to announce when developers will be able to use the new Windows 10 desktop software for their desktop apps on their own devices.