Microsoft has several bridges to help developers bring apps from other platforms to Windows 10, and today the company is introducing a new solution that’s specifically aimed at those who want to port their iOS apps to run on PCs and smartphones powered by its latest operating system.
Called, the new solution is specifically developed to easily scan an iOS app and discover which parts might not be compatible with Windows 10, offering tips and instructions on how to do this in the most effective way.
iOS developers need just the IPA file of their application, and once the App Analysis Tool starts the scanning process, they get a complete review to estimate how much work they need to do in order to port it to universal apps for Windows 10.
“The App Analysis tool will examine your project and cross reference the frameworks and classes used with the ones currently supported by the bridge, and return the results right in your browser. The tool will also identify third-party libraries and SDK packages used in your project and let you know if they – or equivalent libraries – are available on Windows 10,” Microsoft explains.
Tips to resolve compatibility issues
The app will break down the review in several sections, and each part of your app that’s not compatible with Windows 10 comes with instructions on how to address these issues.
“For instance, if you used Apple’s MapKit framework in your iOS app (which is currently unsupported by the bridge), you’ll get a recommendation to try using Bing Maps and a XAML map control, along with a link to a sample project and tutorial showing you how to do so. Similarly, if you use third-party libraries that are partially supported, you’ll get feedback on how to incorporate their functionality into your bridged app,” Redmond explains.
With these solutions, Microsoft is planning to make its universal app platform more compelling to iOS developers, especially because the company has already dropped work on Project Astoria, which was supposed to offer a similar way of bringing Android apps to Windows 10.
Redmond is now focusing on bridges that make it possible to port iOS and Win32 apps to the Windows Store with Project Islandwood and Project Centennial, respectively, so expect more such updates and solutions to be unveiled in the coming weeks and months.