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Microsoft Making Progress With 'Islandwood' Windows 10 Bridge To iOS: New Tool En Route

17 January 2016, 7:08 am EST By Horia Ungureanu Tech Times
Microsoft wants Windows 10 Mobile to have great apps available, and for that it upgraded the Windows Bridge to iOS platform. The newly added tool will help Microsoft get the best out of apps developed for iOS.  ( Kārlis Dambrāns | Flickr )

Microsoft acknowledges that many developers are choosing Android and iOS as the first two options for their apps, and it is out to recruit some of that talent.

The Redmond-based company works hard for the release of its bridge to iOS platform that will allow developers to port their iOS apps into Windows 10.

Microsoft's Windows Bridge for iOS page features an update suggesting that a new Web tool will land on the platform, probably in the following weeks. The tool is crafted so that it can automatically analyze iOS apps and deliver a compatibility score with the Windows Bridge for iOS.

It is not the first move Microsoft made to attract skillful developers from other platforms. Last year, Android fans anticipated the launch of project "Astoria," a bridge platform that was supposed to bring Android apps to Windows 10. However, Satya Nadella's company seems to have the project on hold, if not worse.

The good news comes for Apple fans, as the iOS Bridge, codenamed "Islandwood," is making progress and nears official launch.

Momentarily, the app analyzer is in beta stage, but should you be interested to see what it has to offer, sign up on Microsoft's site and be ready to get your iOS apps vetted.

Microsoft's page explains in detail what the app analyzer aims to do.

"You'll be able to see exactly how much work you'll have to do to bring your app to Windows, along with suggestions, tips and workarounds for any libraries you're using that the bridge doesn't support yet," Microsoft says.

The Windows Bridge for iOS works on an Objective-C code development environment for Visual Studio to help iOS app creators build Universal Windows Platform apps. Showing its dedication to the app's transition between ecosystems, Microsoft published a version of the code to GitHub, during last summer.

GitHub is a developer's haven where open source projects are reviewed, discussed and improved, so there is a high chance that this move will help the Redmond-based company in the long run.

Photo: Kārlis Dambrāns | Flickr

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