Windows Bridge for iOS app testing tool nears launch, asks for submissions
If Microsoft is able to make good on all the promises we heard in the months leading up to the release of Windows 10, we’re looking forward to a future where app availability is no problem at all for the company’s platform, as it provides developers with tools to quickly and easily bring their existing code to the Windows 10 ecosystem. Unfortunately, things haven’t been looking too great on the Android-porting side of it, but at least progress with iOS apps was coming along nicely. Back in November we got an update on where things were headed next, and heard about plans to launch an automatic app analyzer that would scan existing iOS projects to see how easily they might be adapted for Windows 10. It’s still not quite ready for prime time, but we’re getting closer, as Microsoft begins asking devs to submit their code.
We’re not to that fully automated stage just yet, but Microsoft is inviting developers to submit their IPA files that contain archived iOS app data. Microsoft will use these submissions to fine-tune its tool, and when it’s finally ready for operation, devs who contributed to this testing phase will be first in line to get their compatibility reports.
While Windows Bridge for iOS could be a critical component to Windows 10 Mobile’s mainstream success, should we be a little concerned by how long this effort is taking? After all, in November we heard that this testing phase was just about to begin, and it’s taken a while to see any motion there.
At the least, Microsoft tells us that its tool should be good to go “in the coming weeks,” so hopefully we don’t have too, too much longer to wait.