Microsoft releases Switch to Windows Phone apps, making it easier to migrate to the platform

Switch to Windows Phone

Microsoft has released its Switch to Windows Phone apps on both Android and Windows Phone. Available on Google Play and the Windows Phone Store, the apps work in unity to help make it easier for those on Google's platform to hop across. It's a welcomed addition and one we believed would be of use for those who would like to check how many of the apps they use are available on Windows Phone.

The Android version has been met with mixed reviews and the majority of consumers have down-rated the solution. We can't confirm as-of-yet if this is due to issues with the app and backend service, or if it's simply because it's a tool to help migrate consumers to Windows Phone. We've attempted to download the Switch to Windows Phone app on our Windows Phone devices here in the UK, but it's currently unavailable in the GB store. 

WP Switch Android WP Switch WP

You can download Switch to Windows Phone from Google Play and the Windows Phone Store (note that we're not able to confirm if it's rolling out in all supported markets - Windows Phone 8 only).

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Microsoft releases Switch to Windows Phone apps, making it easier to migrate to the platform


I downloaded the android version last night and it only says the percent of apps available doesn't say which I can honestly say it sucks.

The app scans your Android phone for apps you have installed, includes games and a few system apps. When its finished the app only says the % of apps you have installed the wp8 in my case was 90% and saves to SkyDrive. When open the app on WP it scans SkyDrive and tells u what were the closest apps available.

You do realize they've published quite a few articles already this week, and even if they hadn't, this comment is not appreciated by anyone, ANYONE.

News can be slow, but if you read further down in this comment thread you'll see VB2012 said, and I quote "Edmond its Wednesday come on more news please" Notice how he said "more news", QUANTITY, exactly my point.

Not available in the netherlands atleast.. Shouldn't an app like this be available in as much regions as possible.. ? I see no reason to restrict this..

I feel it will show how much and how bad in the negative we are compared to android we are in the app ecosystem I'm on windows phone and I'm still waiting on apps I had on android and although I love the metro ui some not all apps on android work a little better. Just a little !!!

I believe the idea is: you have the app on android, it determines the apps you would need if you switched, and when you get your WP, you run the app again to get the apps it selected for you installed

I just now clicked on the link to the original article, which explained it. Guess I could've just done that to begin with rather than comment.  :-)

Hopefully soon because this app is pointless. It literally does nothing unless your actually planning to switch. This will not change anyone's mind thanks to its lack of any real info at the end.

So Odom...how long have you owned an Android phone? Why are people so worried other people will stop using the device they use? You people act like your devices are a cult, for Christ sake.

Idk I use all three but some people have no respect for mobile Lol I think all three have a use in my life because they all work just fine. But this app is bad Lol sorry

"...because this app is pointless.
...unless your actually planning to switch."
Thanks for the clarification on why it doesn't need to be removed.

Yea it does believe me if you haven't used it then you have no idea why it needs to be removed. If I was planning to switch I would wanna check out the apps on the web store first to make sure that it is a viable option to switch to. (The app I mean)but instead it gives you a percentage and sends you on your way with no idea what the other app is. Because I saw a temple run logo as my replacement for temple run 2 which is crazy but the normal person would think it is temple run 2 because they don't know any better..that's my point.

Maybe Microsoft is also using this to look at which apps are used most on Android, so that they can help get those imported to Windows Phone!

You really do need to go on somewhere...you don't show the slightest appreciation for all the hard work the WPcentral team exhibits on a daily basis.

Soon we will need to invent a word for someone who is so enamormerd by technology that everything in his life loses foucs in a sea of pixels

Made the rounds to numerous android forums and the articles on this are getting a ton of comments.  Mostly negative, but who cares.   It's working.

Well Nokia is Microsoft's biggest WP partner, and they DID dump Symbian to focus exclusively on Windows Phone, so the confusion is warranted.

I don't believe Microsoft can list the apps that are matching as it would qualify as a competing store which breaks Google Play rules.  Users can bitch all they want and that's fine, but it is Google's rules they need to read up on.
what the app needs to do is generate an HTML report which a person could go to outside of their phone and look at the matching apps.  Forcing you to only get the benefits by using the windows phone app, as others have said, assumes you are already switching.

Agreed. The app doesn't actually do anything until you actually buy a WP8 phone. Microsoft is really missing out here.

Is there an app like this that transfers apps from an apple phone to a Microsoft phone? Because I'm trying to get my Mom to switch from apple to Microsoft and her main concern is her apps.