Microsoft gets close to iOS and Android with Universal Windows bridge

Universal Windows bridge for iOS and Android: Microsoft Universal App Strategy is pretty bold: Bring Android apps, iOS apps, Windows desktop apps, and Web apps into the Windows 10 platform. By this software development mechanism, other platform developers can create mobile applications without breaking a sweat with Microsoft’s specialized software development programming tools.And Windows 10 can run reworked Android and iOS apps.

Porting Android Apps To Windows 10Universal Windows Bridge

Project Astoria is the Universal Windows Platform Bridge for Android. Developers looking to try this module can get their hands on it now, but with limited privileges. It lets an Android developer build Windows 10 mobile apps with minimal code changes directly using the tool. It is as simple as reusing the same structure. Even during testing purposes, developers can choose their preferred IDE and not depend on Visual Studio.

The few limitations with reusing codes are that mobile apps run only on ARM based Windows 10 phones and a few tablets with smaller screen size. X86 Windows 10 tablets and phones will not support such apps. The Android developer can also put in little efforts and use Microsoft interoperability library to pull in few of Microsoft services into the app. The ultimate aim is to let Android app development coders generate revenue from both Windows 10 platform as well as Google Play, with a similar set of codes.

Universal Windows Bridge Porting iOS Apps To Windows 10

In yet another surprise move, Microsoft is open sourcing its key porting tool for iOS to Windows mobile apps. Previously code named Project Island-wood, the Windows Bridge for iOS enters preview  and all the source code is available  on GitHub helping, thereby helping iOS developers.

Project Island-wood is the Universal Windows Platform Bridge for iOS. Developers can try this prototype model now, but with limited privileges. Unlike Astoria, iOS developers can code with their native language, such as Objective C within the same program. Only few necessary changes are needed which can be easily adapted by the programmers. Also, mobile app building and testing can be done within Visual Studio in iOS app development.

From compatibility point of view, developers will have luck in porting iPhone apps to Windows 10 phones and iPad apps for Windows 10 tablets of similar sizes. developers also have the option to include Windows mobile services and extend their app with ease.

Microsoft’s aim of creating a Universal Platform for Windows 10 might seem far-fetched. But, this option is lucrative for most iOS,Windows phone and Android app developers. With just one set of codes, they can create an app and generate revenues from two separate platforms. This is definitely a big selling point. Initially, with the launch of Windows 10, only web apps can be brought on-board to the Windows Store. The other platform apps should wait for a considerable amount of time before jumping onto the Windows bandwagon.

Both these mobile software tools are designed to make it easier for developers to bring their existing Android applications code and iOS code to universal Windows apps. While the Android version is limited to just phone apps, the iOS equivalent will allow developers to create apps that span across PCs, tablets, and phones. It’s still too early to say whether these porting tools will make a big dent on Microsoft’s lack of mobile apps for Windows phones

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