In the coming weeks, Procore will be officially releasing its first native Windows app. Built off of what is being called the "Universal Windows Platform (UWP)" it will run on all Windows 10 devices regardless of size (think: phone to digital plan table). At the World of Concrete this year, our booth was overflowing with interest as we displayed an early version of the Windows App running on.
A native Windows app gives construction professionals the same power as Procore for iOS or Android –offline capabilities, solid touch navigation, and so on. So the question you are probably asking is, “why now?" Windows Universal Platform is a recent release by Microsoft. However, the answer runs deeper than that. If you have been in the industry for a while, you remember wonky Windows CE devices that poisoned Microsoft's mobile well for years. We believe our newest development is timed perfectly with UWP and can rely on a better operating system that will enable the power of Procore.
Along with timing, there are three reasons we’re specifically excited about developing for Universal Windows Platform.
1. Legacy apps. In short, it supports every construction company that uses software that must be run on a client server. Think of your scheduling software, MS Excel, and Word – they all need to run on a local machine. Or you need some sort of remote desktop application which again needs to run on a local machine. No matter how cloud-enabled a company is, there is always a touch of legacy apps. Having a Windows app allows the old and the new to run together seamlessly.
2. Windows 10 is pretty cool.Full disclosure – I was a Windows 8 holdout for years while all my tech-savvy fellow marketers swooped deeper into Mac territory. I even bought tablets (remember the Dell Venue 8 Pro?). I’ll admit, Windows 8 was a weird, dual personality OS that didn't make much sense to anyone. Now we have a real evolution of the OS, simple and elegant, which works with Procore's brand. To be frank, Windows 10 will help halt the loss of OS market share and will spawn the next generation of Windows devices.
This Windows Universal Platform may allow us to do things the others didn't.
3. Our clients asked for it. In my 17 year career I've never been with a company who values client’s opinions more than Procore. The reality is, some people like the Microsoft Surface Pro a lot. And they don't want another device to run disconnected. These clients raised their hands asking for it. So we are delivering.
In June you will see additional announcements around our Windows app. Our Windows app will start off as a duplication of the iOS and Android apps. But who knows where it goes from there? This Windows Universal Platform may allow us to do things the others didn't – we'll see. In the meantime, I’ve got to figure out how to update that Venue Pro 8 to Windows 10.