Microsoft has revealed plans to get iOS and Android apps onto the Windows 10 platform.
The news, which was announced at the company’s annual Build conference, means that developers will be able to use new toolkits to port existing Android and iOS apps to Windows 10 mobile devices with minimal code modifications.
For Android, Microsoft is enabling developers to build Windows 10 apps using Java/C++ code, while iOS developers will be able to use their existing Objective-C code.
“Windows has always been about enabling developer choice,” said Microsoft’s David Treadwell in a blog post following the announcement. “The Universal Windows Platform and the Windows Store will continue that tradition and will welcome your existing code. As a developer, we recognise that you have existing investments (both in terms of code and skillset), and that providing a way to continue to use those investments is important.”
Already, Microsoft has been working with developers such as King – makers of Candy Crush Saga – to try out the new tools. Using the Objective-C kit, King has succeeded in bringing Candy Crush Saga to Windows Phone with very few code modifications.
Microsoft isn’t just focusing on iOS and Android, however. It is also releasing ‘bridge’ toolkits to bring classic Windows desktop applications and PC games into the Windows Store, as well as web apps. This will enable developers like Adobe to bring its Photoshop Elements and Premier Elements apps to the Windows Store.
These latest announcements are all part of Microsoft’s goal to have one billion active Windows 10 devices within the next two to three years – an aim that it is more likely to achieve if it has the support of developers and their apps.
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