The past 12 months has seen us work on major upgrades in the Windows area, bringing both apps up to speed on Windows 10.

The new versions of the apps are fully compliant with Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10. We've dropped Windows XP support, but at 13 years old, its time to let it go.

Smart Converter and Smart Converter Pro for Windows now contain all the features of their Mac counterparts.

Smart Converter Pro

Smart Converter Pro for Windows now includes all the super-popular features from the Mac, including Movie and TV Show metadata lookup, subtitle support and more.

Smart Converter Pro also received the Shedworx conversion engine upgrade, bringing support for H.265, the new HD video streaming codec. H.265 is the codec behind 4K video.

Smart Converter

The Free Smart Converter also received the Shedworx conversion engine upgrade so it too can now handle H.265 video.

Universal Windows Platform

The next big thing for our Windows apps is the Universal Windows Platform (UWP). UWP is common runtime environment for all Windows platforms (e.g. Desktop, Mobile, Xbox, etc) that lets a Windows app run on all Windows 10 platforms. UWP will also be the core of the long-overdue Windows app store. By the end of the year Microsoft should have their Windows 10 desktop app store up and running.

We've made a number of changes to our Windows apps to prepare them for UWP and the Windows app store.

We'll be keeping a close eye on UWP and Windows app store developments though 2016 and plan to be on the new store very early on.