Microsoft releases public preview of tool for porting iOS apps to Windows 10
Windows 10 promises big changes for the way code is shared across devices, and beyond the arrival of useful universal apps that will easily transition between PC, phone, and tablet form factors, Windows 10 also looks to help break down boundaries between competing platforms. Back in April we learned about Microsoft’s plans for encouraging devs to bring existing Android and iOS software to Windows 10, thanks to an Android subsystem that would allow for very lightweight porting, as well as tools to help adapt Objective-C apps from iOS. That sounded all kinds of promising, but will the port-job be as easy and straightforward as Microsoft’s been making it out to be? That is, will it be so dead simple that devs would be crazy not to spend a little time making sure their apps work with Windows 10? We’re about to start finding out, as Microsoft shares word of the release of its Windows Bridge for iOS tool.
This is just a preview, with the full Windows Bridge for iOS not landing until sometime this fall, but Microsoft wants to get devs started working with it now. The company’s open-sourcing the tool in the interest of inviting the community to help fine-tune it from its currently work-in-progress state.
That unfinished nature means that some important parts aren’t yet functional – notably, that includes ARM support for mobile devices, but that will arrive in time.
Microsoft’s matching Windows Bridge for Android is only available as an invite-only tech preview at the moment, with plans to get a public beta going sometime this fall.