Microsoft's Android and iOS compilers have some interesting code names

Microsoft's newly announced Windows 10 compilers for Android and iOS apps have some very interesting code names, as do the tools for turning Windows desktop apps and web apps into ones that can work under the company's universal app plans for Windows 10.

Microsoft's umbrella name for these tools is the Universal Windows Platform Bridges. The Android version has the code name "Project Astoria". Here's how Microsoft describes it:

For existing Android developers, "Project Astoria" will enable you to build apps using Android code to target Windows 10 phones without having to leave your Android IDE. In addition to extending the IDE, "Project Astoria" will include a Windows phone emulator and interop capabilities that help your app (including UI and services) to run and look great on the Windows platform."

The iOS tools are being made under the name "Project Islandwood":

"For existing iOS developers, "Project Islandwood" will enable you to build a universal Windows app from within Visual Studio 2015 using your existing Objective-C code.You will be able to import your Xcode project into Visual Studio, tailor the app experience to run on each Windows device family, and extend your iOS code to take advantage of Universal Windows Platform capabilities"

Classic Windows desktop apps have their own compliers, under the code name ""Project Centennial". Finally, web app tools have the code name "Project Westminster"

The company says that more information about all of these compilers will be revealed later this summer. However, it is extending an invite to Android and iOS app developers to sign up for a private beta of their tools so they can get some early feedback.

Source: Microsoft

John Callaham