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Microsoft releases preview of tools to convert iOS apps to Windows 10 as open source

Microsoft has decided to release an early version of its previously announced Windows Bridge for iOS tools to the open source community. The bridge, which was announced in April 2015 at Microsoft's BUILD conference under the code name "Project Islandwood", will allow iOS developers to quickly convert their apps to ones that can run natively on Windows 10.

In a blog post, Microsoft explains why they released this preview version of Windows Bridge for iOS as an open source project:

"We're releasing the iOS bridge as an open-source project under the MIT license. Given the ambition of the project, making it easy for iOS developers to build and run apps on Windows, it is important to note that today's release is clearly a work-in-progress — some of the features demonstrated at Build are not yet ready or still in an early state. Regardless, we'd love for the interested and curious to look at the bridge, and compare what we're building with your app's requirements. And, for the really ambitious, we invite you to help us by contributing to the project, as community contributors — with source code, tests, bug reports, or comments. We welcome any and all participation in building this bridge."

The code is now available to download on GitHub, and currently supports turning iOS apps into ones for Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 that run on x86 and x64 processors. The code will be updated later to support Windows 10 apps that run on ARM-based processors. The final version of Windows Bridge for iOS will be released later this fall.

Source: Microsoft

  • Amazing. Go MS, go
  • This proves how desperate Microsoft is towards getting more and more users and how much it cares about is existing customers. Liking the new culture that is being brought in Microsoft. Really go Microsoft go...!
  • This is the dumbest comment I've read in a while. How is improving the app ecosystem being desperate? They are trying to bring apps to it's users. They are very smart for all they did with the unification of Windows and with app porting. There is nothing desperate about it they are showing their ambition to succeed and please their user base. You are an idiot! Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • It's a positive comment but with incorrect wording, maybe down to a non English first language. Replace 'desperate' with 'keen' and the whole thing reads positively. You got as far as that key word and didn't read the rest.
  • Yeah I completely misread it as well until your post reminded me to reread without a native english speaker's frame of mind.  Microsoft is 'desparate' aka strongly motivated to expand its ecosystem even going so far as to move technical mountains to include more developers in its app market.   That's a very favorable position and one I agree with. Microsoft is desparate in the best possible way. Thanks for challenging us to read more carefully!
  • was about to write the same thing down :) only I was going to suggest to replace desperate with "eager" :D
  • Yo, need to learn to read before giving others grief! The other person was saying something positive about Microsoft!
    Remember, this is a global website with a myriad of people for whom English is not their first language.
  • It's what for I like this community.
    No racism, immaturity only technology in our blood. That's great.
  • Ok!
  • Use your words wisely friend! I used the word correctly. Remember it doesnt matter how much YOU like windows phone, the market is led by android and iOS. And accept that Windows 10 could be MS's last chance. So whatever they are doing they are doing it desparately to survive!! And i think that in itself is a good thing, that they realise this now.
  • Though this will benefit all Windows 10 devices as MS will survive with or without the phone os.
  • Actually, it's more about acknowledging the reality of the situation. If converting iOS games helps to create a bridge for potential customers that are either ignorant about other products or blinded by salesman BS, then why not? It's business as usual.
  • This is just the second of four "bridges." To my mind, the most important bridge is the one we've heard the least about: The one that will let win32 programs port to store apps. Then we can get "real" programs running on future Surface phones.
  • Personally I was quite interested in the Bridge for web sites; could make integrating certain features easier even on older web apps. Honestly, if they get them working well, they are all great. Still unsure whether they are enough though.
  • Um looking at it from a universal apps perspective, it is a great addition for the MANY people that will now be running Windows 10.  And they already have access to limitless programs via traditional desktop applications. As big as iOS is, it pales in comparison to the draw of the Windows 10 ecosystem (desktops, laptops, tablets, phones, XBox, etc)
  • Waits for new facebook apps!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Whoa, huge news! Can someone wink wink nudge nudge recompile an app themselves? Asking for a friend.
  • If you have the source, why wouldn't you be able to?
  • This isn't something where you can take an app as the file that gets put on your phone and it spits out a file that can be put onto the Windows store. You have to submit the source code and then potentially make a few suggested changes and compile it yourself, then submit it to the Windows store.
  • +1
  • Deep down inside, I know this but, I was really hoping it wasn't Think of all the missing apps I can make my own versions at home and drop them on my phone
  • That would sort of be possible (although still illegal) Lets say you want to do that, you would have to get the file, and decompile it (not the easiest thing to do, but for iOS you can pretty much guess what compiler is used for it) You would then submit the code, get the translated code back and make the needed changes. Then (I forget exactly what it is in WM10, developer mode maybe) shwitch your phone to allow side loaded apps and I think you can install like 20 without issue. Don't quote me on any of the numbers, I'm working from memory on something I don't plan on doing lol. Also, depending on the app, you would likely run into some issues. Snapchat, for instance, I'm sure you could get the app to load on your phone, but who know what would happen if they analyze the user data (I assume they send your phone information somewhere in their app) and see this. They seem to hate Windows phone enough that they might even sue someone for reverse engineering their app, even if you're doing it for your own use.   TL:DR You can do it, but I wouldn't do it and it's probably not worth the effort.
  • You'd be looking at intellectual property lawsuits that would drive you into bankruptcy.  You can't just port somebody's app without their permission.
  • So, if I could.... find a copy of the Bank of America app for iOS, convert it to Windows Phone, install it on MY phone (not for public use), and use it like I used when we used to have it. And you think they would sue one person for one app ? Let them go for it ! Bring it on...
  • I'm not a lawyer, so I can't cite what specific laws you would be breaking, but somehow I doubt it would just be a company sueing you if you access their banking system in a way that they did not intend for you to do so. A company like BoA also has a legal team that they are paying regardless if they go to court or not. So I don't think it would be a large jump for them to send even an intern attourney out after a person if it was in their best interest. All in all, it's just plain not a good idea, plus it sounds like you don't really know what's involved in the process, so you're not going to get it working anyway.
  • Right, it was an example, I am not a lawyer and not really a dev by any means,  Still, if this could be done it would be cool but, the ODS of me getting access to the current source code for the BOA iOS app, is almost (for sake of this discussion, it IS) impossable anyway. I do understand enough to say (again it would be a discussion), the only way you can convert from a iOS app to a WIndows phone app is by using the souce code. As for big companies, sure not a good idea by any means but, if it could at a private level (not passing out to anyone, just for personal use). They would not get a big legal team to come after one user, You'll get a stop letter and if you dont stop, then legal action. I dont even see that for 1 person unless I am trying to HACK their system in a way. Still for disucssion sake, it cant happen anyway, so it would be nice for a quick way to get a few apps that we need so bad.
  • If it was that easy everyone would do it now wouldn't they? Marketing hype doesn't always match reality i.e. this is not a just add water and an app will bake itself type of situation.
  • This will fill the store.
  • Absolutely NO DOUBT!!! With quality apps!!
  • With quality apps that look exactly like and function exactly like iOS apps with zero effort from the developer to even give it a native interface.
  • Better than nothing my friend... Better than nothing...
  • I really doubt developers won't give it a facelift at least interface wise because iOS design is clearly just that... iOS design... They'd obviously get bashed but games however can just literally port cuz games are games. They can do wtvr UI design and menu design they want Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • No, thats not how this works at all, do some research before running your mouth about things you dont know. You whine about this everytime its brought up and youve never even published an app, nobody cares if you think this requires zero effort on the part of the app developer, thats such a pathetic line of thought that shows how little you actually know. Quit giving ACTUAL Windows Developers a bad name with your shitty attitude.
  • I think he is basically stating that devs will be lazy and not make there apps have that Windows flare. Its like getting leftovers. Not to mention the trash talking from Android and iOS users regarding Windows having to get their sloppy seconds. I do not believe every dev will be guilty of this but some will just take the easy road. IOS and androids interface is hella boring so I hope they try to port with effort. Posted via.........deez nutz!!!!!!
  • I hope I don't accidentally buy one of your apps. You sound like an absolute weapon
  • ZackTheWhatever is a total jerk. I wish he'd soon vanish and disappear.
  • A great deal of those ACTUAL developers totally deserve that kind of attitude ( I mean metro and WP ones) for not optimising their software and updating once a year. And you my friend should be more careful with your offensive language because unlike your natural habitat there are some civilised people here and they are not used to that "style of conversation".
  • So you're saying they shouldn't use this bridge at all? That's the impression I'm getting from your post. Personally, as a software engineer who occasionally dables in app development, here's my thoughts on this; If I was an independent developer considering developing for Windows, I would use the bridge to port my apps over, in order to gauge interest before fully diving in. If I was a major developer, lets say Amazon or Snapchat, I would use the bridge to port apps over quickly (ideally to beat competition, while mitigating the initial investment in regards to time), then slowly migrate to native code over time (this is just how companies work, they don't like starting from scratch unless they feel they really need to).
  • He always cries about this tool whenever news is posted about it, he claims its because Microsoft is harming developers like him by doing this and that people who use it are lazy and less valuable than people like him... despite not having actually produced an app himself, hes just some whiny punk kid
  • Agreed. He always posts that he's a developer, and has published apps, and is so offended by this or that. And yet, whenever someone calls him out on it, and asks for the names of (and links to) the apps he supposedly made, he never responds. Like when he posted that he was going to publish his Windows 10 compatible apps the day the new store was available, yet again the names of these apps never showed up.
  • To be fair, if I were him I wouldn't post the names of my apps here either (or anywhere on the Internet, for that matter), given the type of trolling that happens online, I'd fear that people would write fake reviews that trashed the app. It's a smart move maintaining a disconnect between his identity here and his identity as a developer.
  • Seriously, give it up. You're not any better than the next person because you develop only for Windows Phone. The developer puts plenty of effort to learn a language and develop his or her idea and support it. Not to mention the fact thatyou're making a hyperbolic assumption that every developer that uses this will automatically just keep the interface exactly the same. 
  • Exactly! Some apps (especially more "intensive" games) rely on highly complex code. Porting an app, at least as a starter, allows developers to gauge interest (and potentially make revenue), prior to investing the time and resources into building a native app in a language the dev(s) may not be familiar with.
  • Come on man, I would at least expect freaking banks do port their iOS apps and post windows/mobile app links on their websites in first place..forget about game apps!!
  • Banks, brokerage firms, etc., are extra catious about security. Even after porting, they will want to test it a ton and that costs $$$. The apps that port first, will be the smaller apps--those that dont care as much about testing--those that say "why cant hurt to have our app exposed to another 80MM phones with minimal extra effort/cost, even if it isnt working perfectly" Apps with security concerns or companies that dont want to tarnish their reputation with a potentially untested/imperfect app will not join this bandwagon immediately. They will wait to see how others are faring with the new tech and if it works as flawlessly as we hope. Remember that developers are cost centers for most companies. This bridge significantly reduces the size of the cost center for Windows. But it doesnt eradicate it unfortunately. This new tech will definately have a positive impact on the number and quality of apps. However, we will still need to see a mass adoption of WP before companies will grow their windows development/testing teams.
  • I understand your feelings as a native Windows developer. But look at it this way. If iOS devs and Android devs port there apps to Windows and because of that adoption for Windows 10 Mobile picks up and the entire user base starts to grow, wouldn't that mean that you can sell your apps to a bigger consumer base as well? Try to look at it from the bright side. And thanks for supporting WP, its devs like you that kept this platform afloat for this long! You deserve some recognition and respect for that!
  • You again.... Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Apps sure ok what ever .. but Games do not matter as all the games across all the platforms currently look exactly the same due to them rolling their own interfaces with sprites. soooo personally I dont give 2 shits if it looks like iOS I use a lumia 1520 and iphone 6 plus damn near daily and I could careless as long as its functional. Now port Clash of Clans to friggen WINDOWS 10!!!!
  • Hopefully, Microsoft will build the tools so that developers can convert apps as live tiles which will make them look 1000 times better than some dead looking icon.
  • From what I recall, they mentioned at build that the ported apps could "quickly" integrate native functionality, such as Live Tiles and Cortana. It will still require work on the developers side, of course.
  • One analytics company released a report a year or so ago stating that over 60% of the apps on the App Store has not been downloaded a single time. Apple users like to talk about how the Windows and WP store is junk because most of the apps are just web wrappers. Opening the App Store on my iPod, 14 of the top 20 free apps on the App Store are wrappers around web sites. Apple and Android have the numbers, but every app being high quality and in abundance is just a fallacy that they like to put out there that is simply not true. There are some quality apps that are available on iOS/Android that would be nice to see on Win/WP, but the supposed "app gap" is just made up. Of course, the difference in number of apps between the OSX store and apps available for Windows (about 60,000 vs. 16+ million) - that doesn't matter
  • Not even a single time? Man, if you can't even get your own mother to try out your app, it's probably time to quit.
  • People are looking at me for laughing like an idiot. Can't get your mom to download the app. Priceless  
  • Even skilled developers complain about this on iOS and Android. There are so many apps it's hard to get noticed. Most people aren't going to spend hours scouring through apps, installing, trying, and hoping to find one they like. Most people are going to use whatever is most popular at the time and call it a day. If you're just outside of the popular list, tough luck. Windows doesn't have this problem for the most part, although it will happen eventually. But in the meantime the first movers on Windows will definitely have a leg up.
  • @nohone - the app gap could be 2 or a million, it doesn't matter if its the apps people want/need. The app gap is more about missing the apps people want than the actual amount of apps available.
  • No, the story is whatever is most convient at the time to make it look like Apple has a win over Microsoft. A couple years ago the argument was that WP was horrible because it did not have a Facebook app. At the same time, those same people were saying WP was horrible because a majority of the apps are web wrappers. What is Facebook other than a web page. They don't scale for web use on a phone, but it is still a web app. The same argument is repeated over and over again - WP sucks because it doesn't have app X. So WP gets app X. WP sucks because they don't get any original apps. So WP gets some original apps. WP sucks because they are all web wrappers. People show off non-web wrapped apps on their WP. Go back to step 1, WP sucks because it doesn't have app X. This same cycle repeats over and over, and none of the arguments stick. WP has some of the same apps as iOS/Android, not all, but it is getting there. WP has web wrapper apps, so does iOS/Android. If those web wrappers are not there, then they complain, if they are there, they complain while ignoring their plethora of web wrappers. They ignore WP exclusive apps, while claiming that there are none, but when then claim that every app that is only on WP is complete junk while never actually using a WP, and then claim that every app on iOS/Android is the most wonderful, beautiful app ever written. Not only that, but there are many, many apps that are available on Windows that are not available on iOS/Android. I am currently running Visual Studio on my SP3. Can you do heavy-duty C++ dev on iOS? Android? To me, those are critical apps that are not available for the Apple nor Google offerings but somehow those apps don't count.
  • @nohone - WP has always lacked certain apps that had high profile/used a lot.
    Regardless of reasons that's the case.
    I think you should give up on WP because going by your reasoning, it will never be successful, it will always be something else. So your time and effort is probably best placed somewhere else. Not meant as a snide comment, just a fact.
    I personally still hold out hope (rightly or wrongly) based on initiatives like the bridges.
  • There are two apps I use on my iPod that are not available on WP. If they never make it to WP/Win10, it will not be some horrible catastrophe, I will live. I think you are completely reading my comment - why would I want to leave WP because iOS/Android fanboys keep moving the goal posts on what is and is not good for a store?
  • @nohone - as for dev apps, not sure why your talking about tablets now.
    The majority of people don't need to run those on tablets or laptops either.
    It's still about having the apps that are used/required by the masses.
    I use eclipse, doesn't mean I think everyone else should or does. It only matters to a small percentage compared to the people that use tablets/laptops.
  • Because this article is not about phones. It is about Windows 10 and iOS. It specifically talks about how ARM is not supported, which means for now this is about Win10, which is desktop/laptop/tablet. It seems like you are one of the people who are trying to set the restrictions on what it means to have a good number of apps. Windows has the apps that are used/required by the masses. It has had the apps that has driven people to buy Windows computers for the past 30+ years, in a nearly 10:1 ratio over Mac. And today, with iPad sales sliding to new lows, Windows tablets growing providing compatibility with the apps that people required and used for decades. And with this porting tool, it will add a million more.
  • @nohone, you sound like someone who hasn't spent a lot of time using either Android or its devices. I'm an MS Fan boy and used WP for many years. After I switched to Android, I realized very quickly that the app gap is very real. It's not just that too many apps are missing from the WP store, it's that the quality of the apps on Android and iOS is so much better than the WP equivalent, and the updates to fix issues are so much more frequent. This news, and particularly the ARM part is huge for WP users.
  • @nohone - Errrm.... The article wasn't about phones but the comment that I replied to was all about phones unless you mean something else when you kept saying wp?
    Windows has applications, it's app store hasn't done that well so far though.
    I'm not setting any restrictions, I'm saying that what you need isn't what the majority need, if that was the case then ipads and androids wouldn't have been able to be as successful as they have been. The same way that for most people a pad is adequate where for you and your relatively fringe case it's not.
  • "The supposed app gap is just made up" You are either extremely high, or in denial. 
  • Yeah the "app gap" is real and will keep the platform obscure (or doom it) if Win 10 Universal apps don't pan out. Simple as that.
  • Yep, ignore everything I wrote and focus on one part. Go back to iMore.
  • Could you give me a link to that report if possible...? I would like to throw it at a few people's faces please.
  • Not the phone store yet though - doesn't support ARM processors yet...
  • Yeah, but it'll probably support them "later this fall".
  • Yet but it is a start ;)
  • Hey you guys think I should install windows 10 preview on my Lumia 1520? Thought I would ask...also we getting all the good apps ;-)
  • Yea, right....that will have to be seen. The store lacks some major apps because they Devs dont think Windows Phone is worthy in sales volumes for the apps. Then the other side of it, sure they will make a Windows Phone app but, use the iOS app with very little modificition, so it will run like the iOS version, say bye bye to metro. Sure it can be good but, it can be bad too..
  • Being a developer means you are also running a business so you have to be able to adapt to changes in the market and fight the competition. Unfortunately a lot of developers think of themselves as coders first and not businesses first.
  • Hope that infinity blade comes to windows 10 mobile
  • It would be so awesome.
  • Didn't that come out on X-Box? But I doubt that will go on Windows. That's is an ios exclusive app lol Posted via the Windows Central App on my Lumia 640 or using the Android Version which is free*
  • Wait, what only PC and no Arm processors for phones? .. I mean I hope it's available soon. Sooner than W10M relase would sound better for devs and users I guess.
  • Windows 10 is out, and has a bright future. Windows 10 Mobile is not and doesn't, so...priorities.
  • Yeah I came to this conclusion too ;) makes sense.
    Just hoping it would be out soon enough so the developers can take advantage of the time before Windows Mobile is out, so basically users would feel better with all those new apps in the Store on day 1 :)
  • "Why the bridge is NOT a port" READ THAT PART EVERYONE PLEASE. Thanks.
  • Where? Can't find it.
  • Come on Warner bros port your games!
  • NOW the Apps will begin to flood the gates.
  • That's good news I'll continue to remain on iOS until the store improves  then I'll contemplate moving back  
  • Thx for the update im sure we all can't wait to have you back *sarcasm*
  • Actually good for him, I can see why a lot of people who might have loved Windows (Phone) would have decided to go to iOS and Android out of necessity due to certain apps being missing. If those users come back to Windows it's a win for MS and good to get these people back to our community.
  • I don't understand them. I've used both iOS and Android before. I switched to Windows Phone two years ago. I cannot think of a single app that I miss from either platform. I think apps are overrated for most users. Seriously, can someone tell me what apps Windows Phone doesn't have that I should actually care about? I doubt any of them are so important that they trump the things that really matter: efficiency, stability, performance, camera quality, and mobile Xbox gaming (boom!).
  • Snapchat is one of the Bigger ones an official Youtube app and Updated versions of the ones that are already their most of them are DOA and it's frustrating to see an update once a year or every 5 months
  • Who the hell needs an official YouTube app full of ads? Snapchat? Maybe I'm too old for this kind of apps.
  • for someone who is subscribed to 75 channels and uses YouTube a lot the official Android app is kind of crucial for Chromecast support and a good user experience. You should let go of that conformist everyone-is-exactly-like-me thinking.
  • Well I have chase bank- discontinued WP app. The company I do stock trading with? No WP app. Oh wait the on screen nav app for my car? Nope only on ios or Android. Ok well how about Amazon prime music where I can download prime music for free? Nope not on WP. I'm amazed I have an onstar app that works. So yeah people need apps that are not on WP.
  • If you knew me I have been very pro Windows phone since the windows mobile days I absolutely love the platform but unfortunately it's been at a standstill for a very long time I do intend on returning once the apps I use are their and updated frequently and not abandoned on day one of release 
  • The code will be updated later to support Windows 10 apps that run on ARM-based processors.    Does that mean they'll run on RT tablets?
  • It doesn't mention Windows RT, so I would presume that means phones.
  • I presume if compiled for 8.1, maybe
  • There is no WIN 10 RT, so No.
  • There is a RT update coming but nobody knows what's going to be included, .net 5 hopefully and universal apps.
  • I really don't understand why MS couldn't give RT owners the >option< of upgrading to W10M if those were willing to lose the specific features that would entail, in order to gain the app compatibility it would provide.
    I understand there may not be especially many users, but I also can't imagine it could be that much extra work for MS. Weren't the only RT tablets made by either Nokia or MS themselves anyway? If they can figure out how to easily port ios/android apps, and can emulate the 360 on the One, I'm pretty damn sure they can figure out how to run their own software on their own hardware!? With all the 'goodwill' and impartial 'user-focus' MS is spreading around lately, you'd have thought they would extend an olive branch to their own hardware customers, no matter how few they may be?
  • Windows 10 Mobile runs on ARM or x86, so this effectively means devices with screens 8" or less, such as phones and tablets that do not have the desktop version.
  • It's possible but Microsoft is trying to forget about that mistake lol
  • I only mean with Clash of Clans....
  • Ditto brother..been waiting for it since ages..
  • I like Cloud Raiders better ;)
  • lol.. Your list is so small , I want
    All WB games
    Wwe immortals
    Mortal kombat x
    Lego batman/star wars -EA
    Mass effect
    Dead space
    Madden NFL
    Sim city build it
    Real racing 3
    NFS most wanted
    Plant v's zombies 2
    Spore -Activision
    Crash bandicoot 1/2
    Skylander MLB : Perfect innings
    Clash of clans
    Hay day
    Boom beach Maze runner Games of all leading movies , jurassic park etc. Real this -real that All Stickman games And blah-blah-blah
  • Hopefully MS as tapped some devs up to start the ball rolling
  • "...the final version will be released this fall." So we can expect too many apps will come to store by 2nd quarter of 2016. And by the end of the 2016, there will be no app gap.
  • So does this mean that we could use that ios calendar that Ms bought last year sunrise or sunshine as our calendar app
  • If you are on windows 10 mobile preview chances are you are already using it as outlook calendar.
  • Coooooommee oooooooooon...Snapchat! Although I have this feeling that snapchat needs more work than just recompileing.
  • Yeah like actually giving a shit about windows... Lol Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Lol this. I feel like snapchat has quite a f**k ugly UI.
  • I don't need no snatch chat. I have sms, email,and other ways to sent private photos.
  • You're not a young person who has friends that use Snapchat. So of course you don't need it. 
  • And now Apple will tell to developers "don't do that or your app will die from app store"
  • I can totally see that happening. Didnt something like this happen recently to a developer? Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • There are legal anti competition laws you know. Using a monopoly to stifle competition.
  • It's a preview and it doesn't support ARM based processors yet. :(
  • It's smart move as right now Windows 10 in the hand desktop,laptops,tablets
  • Is Windows 10 publically available for a device that has an ARM processor?
  • Well I mean that would be what a preview is. Here is some of what it can do, more to come later.
  • Lol I guess I'm the only one who wants Hay day more than Clash of clans.
  • lol i need all supercell games :)
  • My view: Even if MS give a hand to iOS developers, they are too lazy to recompile and modify a few lines of code for the weak market windows 10 (Mobile and Desktop). Let's hope I'm wrong.
  • When w10m comes out officially and majority of PC's have upgraded to w10, combined numbers could be in range of hundreds of millions. To ignore that opportunity takes a different level of laziness and ignorance.
  • Well, actually the majority of PC's will not upgrade to w10 because Intel refuses to update their graphic drivers. Stuck on 8.1 forever.
  • Well my HP Omni 10 has Intel graphics and Windows 10 is running just fine on it.  So, there's that.
  • This is just false, Intel did and will do updated drivers for Windows 10 !!
  • This is weird logic. The majority of the most popular mobile apps are.....meant for mobile devices. Why would the developers of Periscope, or Dark Sky, or Doorstep, or Instagram, or Snapchat port apps meant for phones, that tie into GPS, Bluetooth stack, cameras and other functions, port their apps to PC workstations? The financial return would be zero.  PC users don't pay for or use 'apps' on their machines.  
  • ....and so it began!!!!
  • Hahahaha same thought
  • So it begins....
  • hehehe ;)
  • Medscape and a usable Facebook app. This is all I ask for.
  • Facebook. Please
  • Does that mean Hay Day will come to windows
  • Probably...Yes!
  • Groove music icon updated on win10
  • I prefer a tool to convert VB6 apps to windows 10 universal apps :-D
  • Project Centennial will do this.  But VB6 programming runs on Windows 10 anyway.
  • F**king....awesome! App bridging will soon be a reality for the Platform! I cannot wait.
  • Waiting for Chase to come back
  • This!
  • Windows 10 have only 3% market share so far, will it surpass windows 8.1 with 14% in the coming monthes? and will people be attracted to those Windows Apps?
  • In all probability all of windwos 8/8.1 users will upgrade to Windows 10 anyways. Plus windows 7 users and those buying new PCs. The share will be much bigger than 8.1 ever reached.  In fact, it may become one of the most used OS versions of all times 
  • I don't know you guys, but Apple may sue MS for copyright infringement. Apple loves suing everyone, unless they've worked some sort of deal.
  • Do you remember the story that Microsoft saved Apple from banktrupcy in exchange for the use of Apples IP and the promise of never sueing eachother! True story
  • Does Apple owns Objective-C? No.
  • I am not fully aware of this but I believe an app is owned by the developer. Hence they can do whatever they want with it. In short Apple cannot claim copyright infringement for something they do not own.
  • Is a MSFT-Flag waving Ninja Cat riding an flaming hair wearing white unicorn??? YES!!!! What this is having to do with your comment, you are asking??? NOTHING!!! I'm just saying!!! :) ;)
  • I really hope developers get on board but I actually do not think this will change the way they look at the windows community and I don't see people changing to Windows from Apple or Droid.
  • its not exactly that. The approach is that you have already developed the code and put in a lot of effort. Now with minimal effort, you can also reach out to so many more users. Even if the number is small, for the amount of effort, it will be worth it.
  • i wnt facetime
  • For desktop users, it is useless news. For mobile users, Huge News!
  • Nope euichii not yet I've got an ATT 1520 haven't taken the plunge thinking about it though I had a.920 I put it on but my son in law is using it now.
  • Also using a 1520 in build 166 for almost a month now as my only device. No major dealbreakers for me to downgrade. Also I mentioned official w10m. (if you want to take the plunge I suggest a hard reset before or after updating to insider, helps a lot with stability)
  • Great news. Just bring those fu**ing apps
  • Could this be used to convert an IPA to a windows app? Such as how blackberry did with the apk2bar program?
  • The code will be updated after the release of Windows 10 for phones. Anyway, where's the project Astoria?
  • My iOS owning friends will no longer be the only ones with 100s of fart apps!
  • iOS has all of the best social apps and games, and they are something Windows needs badly.  People like you who keep bringing up fart apps are in denial. 
  • Clash of clan, boom beach, Starbucks, Amazon Instant Video, Prime Music and on and on
  • Who is going to convert their app first?
  • Let it rain!
  • Will this bridge thingy work for porting smartphone apps? I'd die from happiness if I could play INJUSTICE and NFL MOBILE on my Lumia.
  • ARM support will come by later this year along with Android Bridge.
  • This still all boils down to the developer.  However, having their apps on a PC flooded market should be enough incentive to do so.
  • Why? How many people use apps on their non mobile device? The hundred million figure I read here a lot is nice but most will not use apps on their laptop or desktop.
  • For games, the odds might be better. I would love to play games, especially graphically-intense ones, on a larger screen.
  • Very few do. There was a study done:
  • Imagine how amazing it would be if MS offered an app converter to the public. Pop in an iOS or Android app, it converts it to an Windows app and we sideload it. I know it would never happen but it would be so convenient.
  • Yes. If that happens, lawsuit everywhere. Lol
  • This will certainly work as well as any of the myriad of other "magic" code conversion tools that have come along over the last 30 years... it will work on basic apps and that's it.  Typically, the problem is the code gets converted, compiled for different target, or whatever, but the dominant APIs used on the source system are not ported in any depth to the destination system.   
  • They are matching the most common API's
  • Off topic : Anyone know how to group photos and videos by date on windows 10 mobile? , I had them good but I did a reset and now they are f*cked up I've searched the phone alot but didn't find anything , can anyone help please?
  • Always wonder if games are considered apart of the app store numbers across the platforms
  • Here's hoping developers don't turn their noses up at this end actually give it a go.
  • Please Bethesda, port Fallout Shelter!!!
  • I wonder if we could grab an apk, run it though and side load. lol.
  • Do you think that I will be able to convert .apk app (that I just download) to Windows 10 app? I'm just a regular interested user and fan.
  • Cool. Personally I'd rather have apps written for iOS ported over to the Windows store than android apps. Since what I've seen is that iOS apps are more polished, fluid and more likely to work flawlessly with mid to low end hardware(example as rumored candy crush saga).
    Also, IE11 on my WP8.1 opens IMDB website optimised for Safari(I'm guessing because it prompts me to download iOS app), and it is so smooth and feels so esthetically beautiful.
    I think if Microsoft put enough sources into bringing content written for iOS, it can pay off really well.
    Go Microsoft!
  • Can't wait
  • But the truth developers dont make apps because they dont want to do and no because they cant.
  • iOS devs are not true devs (c mon how can they use a mac) so that's hope....
  • True. They don't want to put in the time and effort to start from scratch to make an app for an OS that has very little market share. To them it's a waste of time as revenue will be small, but the OS needs more app support to have a chance. Giving developers a tool to port their apps with a lot less effort will hopefully get the ball rolling for more apps of high quality coming to Windows Phone. This will hopefully help increase the popularity of the OS, attract more users, and make it worth the effort of the developers to bring their apps to the platform. Hopefully they give it a go and at least test the waters.
  • Well, MS could take the lead and start to port their own “iOS-only apps” to W10/M... Or, is the market too small to show it any interest? If so, why should anybody else?
  • This is huge, since 14 Million + users have windows 10 on their desktops, laptops, and tablets. If that number doesn't ring "profit" for in app purchases apps devs.....then they would be a fool to pass up. Plus people who say why develop an app for a Eco system where consumers who have fully functional websites, people are lazy these days and most users would prefer an app which they can open. Windows know what they doing
  • Many of those 14 million users are also an ios developers.
  • Why don't Microsoft take the initiative and bring us the iOS Facebook app in stead of the shitty one we have now?
  • Because Facebook would sue them out of existence if they did so. You can't just port somebody else's app; ever heard of intellectual property laws?
  • I really hope this opens the door for more apps for Windows phone. I want to get rid of iPhone so bad but I only stick around for the hardware. Contiuum is really want I want the Windows phone for; I've always wanted to use my phone as my desktop and vice versa. 
  • This may have some effect around the edges, maybe for easy to port games, but overall, I don't think it's going to make a lick of difference to close the mobile app gap. The largest number of Windows devices are desktops and laptops worldwide, the largest percentage of which are workstations in the enterprise. The biggest iOS developers aren't going to make mobile apps for PCs and desktops; what would be the point of making Instagram or Periscope available on some cubicle drones workstation, that probably wouldn't be allowed to use it at work anyway?
  • Stop hating and go to iPhone site
  • You do realize that all apps will be universal right?, as in you will be able to run the same app on mobile, tablets, desktop, Xbox and hololense.
  • IT Has Begun!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Guess its time to hard reset and make space for some new apps.
  • Is this for PC only? or for mobile also ????? PLs anyone reply
  • I guess it should not matter now in Windows 10. Or does it?
  • I am not a programmer. Can anyone tell me how easy and simple it will be now for app developers to A) port their existing apps to windows and B) write new apps that run on both (if not all three) OSs smoothly?
  • Apparently this porting tool has a very limited functionality.
    How, many of all NEW iOS apps from MICRSOSFT are actually ported to Windows 10/M (close to zero I guess)?
  • Candy crush saga my friend is ios ported app to windows with 4.5 ratings in windows mobile store
  • So no more excuses for developers now right? Hopefully they have the motivation and will to port their apps here at wp
  • Why should THEY when not even MS shows any motivation?
  • Awesomeness
  • Whoa spectacular news
  • Good. Keep it up!
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