Microsoft needs more apps on Windows 10


Last week, we released Windows 10 as a free upgrade in over 190 markets, taking the first big step toward upgrading 1 billion devices to Windows 10 and the Universal Windows Platform (UWP).

It’s no secret — even with its fast start, Microsoft needs more apps on Windows 10, across PCs, tablets and phones. Many of the most popular ones are already built for Android, iOS or even older versions of Windows, but supporting another platform can be tricky. To solve that problem, in April Microsoft announced “Windows Bridge” tools to make it easy for those developers to reuse already written code in new Windows apps. Now it’s ready to live up to that promise, and is releasing an early look at the bridge for iOS today.


iOS and Android developers will be able to port their apps and games directly to Windows universal apps, and Microsoft is enabling this with two new software development kits. On the Android side, Microsoft is enabling developers to use Java and C++ code on Windows 10, and for iOS developers they’ll be able to take advantage of their existing Objective C code. “We want to enable developers to leverage their current code and current skills to start building those Windows applications in the Store, and to be able to extend those applications,” explained Microsoft’s Terry Myerson during an interview with The Verge this morning.

 If you speak Objective-C (the language many iOS apps are coded in) then the SDK is ready for you to take a look, although there’s no mention of whether Microsoft will make a similar tool available for the Swift language Apple is moving developers to. An Android version is available by invite only, with a public beta planned for the fall. The bridge for Classic Windows apps won’t arrive for public testing until 2016.

The Windows Bridge for Classic Windows apps, ‘Project Centennial,’ that will make it possible to package and publish your current .NET and Win32-based Windows applications to the Windows Store, will be ready for public testing next year.


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