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Microsoft releases API to easily port iOS apps to Windows Phone 7

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Microsoft releases API to easily port iOS apps to Windows Phone 7
He who has the apps is king. And right now, that would be Google and Apple. But while Google and Apple seem to be in a two-horse race for supremacy, Microsoft is a competitor that shouldn't be disregarded. Microsoft has released a new API mapping tool and guide (follow the 'Microsoft' link below) that will simplify the porting of iOS apps to Windows Phone 7.

The guide allows developers to look up their iOS API calls, and then find their WP7 equivalents. And those references include C# samples, and API info to smooth the translation. In addition to the reference tool there is also a 90-page guide for developers looking to port their creations to Windows Phone 7.

At this point in the game, it would take a miracle for the Marketplace to catch up to Apple's App Store and Google's Android Market. But Microsoft is smart to accept that developers aren't going to put all their efforts into the race's dark horse. Instead, Microsoft is making the porting process as painless as possible, and working towards a larger and more comprehensive Marketplace.

source: Microsoft via Redmond Pie

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posted on 01 May 2011, 11:30 7

1. SmartPhoneKing (unregistered)


ANdroid and WP7+ is the future, Death to rotten apple !

posted on 01 May 2011, 11:36 5

2. - (unregistered)


You're wrong. WP7 and Apple will be the future. Android will rot.

posted on 01 May 2011, 13:41 3

11. remixfa (Posts: 13903; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


apple will never die. you cant kill a FREE OPEN SOURCE platform without having a greater free open source platform to go to. Apple wont liscense out its products, and MS charges a fat fee for every phone WP7 is on.
If you were a fledgeling company looking to make a big splash (or a large company looking for dominance) the easiest choice is android.. which is why u see it on so many sets. Its not going anywhere.. lol


I think with the nokia merger and the smart moves that MS is making, WP7 has a shot at 2nd place behind google and above iOS. It will definately be at least a close third. Unless Steve jobs realizes how far behind iOS has fallen and makes major changes, he will keep seeing sales slide to MS and Google as he is already.

posted on 01 May 2011, 13:52 3

12. iwebdroidberry7 (Posts: 230; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)


Are you serious? How has Apple fallen "far" behind? They have always pretty much been second, and last quarter they gained a little more marketshare and Android lost some.

In the US Android dominated last year because Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile had nothing else better to offer. This year with strong webOS, WP7, and iOS devices emerging on all four carriers, Android share is going to continue to decrease because Americans specifically wont have to only buy an android phone it they want a good smartphone.

posted on 01 May 2011, 14:15 2

13. BobbyTaba (Posts: 316; Member since: 11 Aug 2010)


Go to a tmobile or sprint store what would u rather have an ugly 3.6 inch htc wp7 or a 4.3 inch evo with ten times the apps and it looks nicer

posted on 01 May 2011, 18:37 2

17. Lucas777 (Posts: 2137; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)


iwebdroidberry7 is right. apple gained while android fell. this is becuase of wp7... the phone makers honestly dont care if they have to pay for liscensing... they just use what the people want... and the people will want wp7 since it is visually appealing. most people only buy android cause there is not other options... but now, there are

posted on 02 May 2011, 10:10

21. jbash (Posts: 341; Member since: 07 Feb 2011)


IMHO the HTC Arrive w/Sprint is by far the sexiest phone they offer. Maybe not the best, but visually appealing. And I have also heard many times from customers. The Epic would be second.

Countless times I have heard how ugly the EVO is but it has wonderful features.

My opinion is by no way reflective of the masses.
Best looking phones w/sprint(currently offered)
1. HTC Arrive
2. Samsung Epic
3. Blackberry Style

Ugliest
1. Motorolla Brute
2. Sanyo/Kyocera ZIO
3. Kyocera Echo

posted on 01 May 2011, 18:05 3

16. Kjayhawk (Posts: 287; Member since: 07 Oct 2010)


Why is android more desirable then? iwebdroidberry you are correct that Android did decrease this year but the rest of your assumptions are based on pure opinion.

Android is becoming more and more advanced and is expected based on numerous reports to continue to expand, while iOS is expected to shrink and WP7 is expected to expand. These are also based on opinion, but from people that have far more experience with marketing numbers than the both of us.

posted on 02 May 2011, 17:49 1

25. iwebdroidberry7 (Posts: 230; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)


Wrong. It is a fact that Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile all relied on Android last year. When the iPhone came out on Verizon, Apples marketshare went up, Androids went down. Thats no coincidence.

If anything is going to shrink its going to be Android because most of the first wave of Droid/Higher end Android devices contracts end this year and they will have a lot more options this year. *However this is opinion*

posted on 01 May 2011, 11:49 2

3. jordanx (Posts: 23; Member since: 20 Apr 2011)


I dont like wp7 i think android and IOS will be the future

posted on 01 May 2011, 11:51 3

4. phbelov (Posts: 122; Member since: 25 Mar 2011)


Wow! Now it's developers' turn.
Time to buy WP7 device?

posted on 01 May 2011, 12:11 3

5. aztaxia12295 (Posts: 265; Member since: 22 Nov 2009)


@- ur iOS has already rotted. So stop talkin out of ur ass

posted on 01 May 2011, 12:30 2

6. - (unregistered)


@aztaxia12295 Excuse me but you're the one who's 'talkin out of ur ass' here. How is iOS rotting? The app store is still growing exponentially, with more features to come.

posted on 01 May 2011, 18:38 2

18. Lucas777 (Posts: 2137; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)


ya and iphone gained while android fell...

posted on 02 May 2011, 13:20

23. protozeloz (Posts: 5375; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


by fell you mean? please explain yourself

posted on 02 May 2011, 20:44

26. Lucas777 (Posts: 2137; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)


they lost marketshare as you all so love to say

posted on 01 May 2011, 12:41 2

7. OhSo3D (Posts: 39; Member since: 22 Feb 2011)


I think that each OS fits a different type of user. They will all be major in the future. They aren't going anywhere.

posted on 01 May 2011, 12:43 2

8. iHere (unregistered)


iOS rules!!! :))

posted on 01 May 2011, 13:04 1

9. pukea (Posts: 7; Member since: 31 Dec 2010)


That means that WP7 devices will run IOS Apps and Games????
If yes, its cool!

posted on 01 May 2011, 13:28

10. phbelov (Posts: 122; Member since: 25 Mar 2011)


I've the same opinion.

posted on 01 May 2011, 15:36 1

14. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5745; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


The iOS developers have to port their apps over to WP7 before WP7 before the handsets will run the iOS applications. Personally, the WP7 customer base would have to grow a bit more before I would put the effort into porting an iOS (or Android for that matter) app over to WP7.

Porting to Android would have already been done, however.

posted on 01 May 2011, 17:00 1

15. joey18 (Posts: 518; Member since: 20 Jul 2010)


how many android are so apple makes only one phone imagine if apple makes more then one phone i think android and wp7 are behing apple

posted on 01 May 2011, 20:10

19. heatfan316 (unregistered)


I like wp7 phones but they need flash and they are a little slow when it comes to web browsing they are very smooth phones smoother then the iPhone even when it comes to scrolling, but they need to advance faster, android is doing this at rapid rate faster then any OS and ios is not advancing at all its still the same old shit, but will always do good here in the U.S because of ifags like Lucas777, but android will eventually dominate here, they doing it worldwide already there is no argument.Android will improve it's app quality believe that.

posted on 02 May 2011, 10:16

22. jbash (Posts: 341; Member since: 07 Feb 2011)


Boo! nothing to do with you comment, just cant stand the heat bandwagon!

posted on 01 May 2011, 21:37 1

20. vicegrip (unregistered)


dont harp on me for this, but i have both android and iphone. android apps are kinda shit, you have the core 100 that are incredibly usefull, but beyond that you got 200,000 useless apps, its because there is no quality control. apple and microsoft dont want their marketplaces inflated with shit and i never had a problem with them filtering the marketplace, yes they fail alot at it, but hey at least you dont have to worry about viruses and whether it will work or not.

posted on 02 May 2011, 15:27 1

24. clevername (Posts: 1428; Member since: 11 Jul 2008)


Totally agree. I have all three os's(1 is broke only 2 active) and I have to say in this consumer world app quality is key and app quality on Android has only evolved about as much as IOS has evolved between 1.0 and 4.3.2. Not much. If Microsoft can make it super easy and painless to port IOS apps, keep a good update schedule. Deliver flash like promised, and evolve as needed they will be in quite the position. Especially with the worlds favorite smartphone maker(Nokia) riding shotgun.
I would say because of apps right now IOS is the most consumer oriented and even though more Android phones are sold more iPhones are sold than any other single device. Android is more stable but not as much as it needs to be. Its still not as smooth either. Not to mention the susceptibility to viruses and malware. Android proponents have tried to tell me there isn't a chance of it happening and no one is worried about it but nearly every Android user downloads antivirus apps. The actions contradict their words. I think its availability and being the only other real competition to a carrier locked IOS are the reasons it took off in America. So while I like my nexus 1 and I'm fine with Android 2.2, I'm not its biggest fan. If my job didn't get it for me I never would have used it.

posted on 02 May 2011, 23:29

27. jtech (unregistered)


Android
WP7
WebOS
iOS
Android and WP7 may switch with the latter taking number 1

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