Microsoft seems to be serious in its plans to make it easy for developers to convert their iOS apps to Windows 10. The number of apps in Windows Store is currently fairly limited and by allowing iOS developers to easily convert their apps to Windows 10, this number should dramatically increase.
Last year Microsoft announced it was planning to make it easy to convert both Android and iOS apps to Windows 10 using a so-called “Windows Bridge”. After the announcement the company hardly talked about the feature anymore and recently Microsoft reported the conversion from Android to Windows 10 (called project Astoria) would not happen anytime soon. It’s unclear what the reasoning behind that statement is, and whether the company has even stopped working on it.
Nevertheless, on a developer site Microsoft has posted more information on its Windows Bridge for iOS, as found out by the French website Frawin. Developers can subscribe to the developer site and then receive an update about the project in the coming weeks.
“In the coming weeks, we’ll be launching a web tool that will automatically analyze your app for compatibility with the bridge and give you results right in your browser”, Microsoft writes on the site. ” 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.”
While the tool isn’t live yet, it’s already possible for developers to upload an Apple application file. If they do that now, they’ll be amongst the first to receive the results of the analyze tool.