Rumors regarding this story becomes true, as Microsoft has now confirmed that it will be offering a way to developers of Android and iOS apps to port them across to the new Windows 10. Microsoft is raising the flag when it comes to developing its own mobile app ecosystem, but it’s going to let devs easily bring their iOS and Android apps over to Windows 10 without even having completely rebuild them from the ground. During the presentation at BUILD conference, the software giant has released a free Visual Studio Code download for Windows, Mac OS X, Linux and now it has clarified that its newest version of desktop and phone operating system can run Android, iOS apps on Windows 10. Details on this new story can be found here.
Making the porting possible and as simple as these things can really be, Microsoft will be offering two separate development kits that will be tailored to either iOS or Android, allowing developers of either platform to take their existing code and port it over. Microsoft will also be offering a set of its own APIs that will mimic those offered by Apple and Google, meaning those developers will have a chance to jump over as possible when making the leap from iOS or Android to Windows 10. Android developers will be able to use Java and C++ code on Windows 10, whereas iOS developers will be able to use their existing Objective-C code right from Microsoft’s Visual Studio and in return it turn into a full-fledged Windows iOS app, according to Microsoft’s Terry Myerson, who confirmed that the company’s going to make it easier for developers bring Android apps into the Windows Store.
Taking action from the past, Microsoft has already been working with some software partners to test the process of porting apps across, and the current version of Candy Crush Saga for Windows Phone was actually ported from the iOS version of the app with minimal tweaking required.
Microsoft kicked off its BUILD developers conference with a keynote full of demos and excitement. Invites Android and iOS app developers to join Windows 10, and finally managed to overrun by a whole thirty minutes which begs the question how such a thing is even possible. Now that the arms open to iOS and Android developers, it’s possible that Microsoft just solved that problem.
Since Windows 10 is built around the concept of Universal Apps, we’ll start to see all that converted software running on a slew of differently sized devices down the road very soon. But plenty of iOS and Android apps rely on a set of specific UI flourishes, interactions and design elements that don’t always jibe with Windows 10’s aesthetic.
Windows 10 is a big deal for Microsoft, and is of course is sure to be a major focus over the coming months. As the development process trundles along, we’ll keep our eyes opened to cover as more information witnesses.
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