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Microsoft outs tool to turn iOS apps into Universal Windows apps

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Microsoft has released an early version of the Windows Bridge for iOS tool, which it hopes developers will use to port iPhone and iPad apps to Windows 10.

The final version of Windows Bridge – previously known by its codename Project Islandwood – will be rolled out this autumn, but for now Microsoft is open-sourcing it and seeking feedback.

The company says the tool remains a “work in progress,” with some of the features heralded on announcement missing or in an early state.

In a post on the Windows blog, Microsoft wrote: “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.”

Back at Build 2015 in April, Microsoft announced plans to create tools for iOS and Android developers to make their applications Windows friendly. The Android version remains an invite-only private beta, with a public preview coming this autumn.

However, any iOS developers who fancy chancing their arm within Windows 10 can take Windows Bridge for a spin today by grabbing the MIT licensed code from GitHub.

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Which iOS or Android apps would you most like to see arrive as Universal Windows 10 apps?

Share your thoughts in there comments section below.

LeeTronix

August 7, 2015, 11:09 pm

Reminds me of what Blackberry sort of did with Android apps to a degree.

John Freiman

August 10, 2015, 12:17 am

I would like to see Bank of America and Starbucks apps on Windows Phone using one of the two bridge methods. These types of apps look and feel equally good on any platform without updating or changing their UI.

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