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

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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27 Comments

1. SmartPhoneKing unregistered

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

2. - unregistered

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

11. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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.

12. iwebdroidberry7

Posts: 230; Member since: Jan 17, 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.

13. BobbyTaba

Posts: 316; Member since: Aug 11, 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

17. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 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

21. jbash

Posts: 345; Member since: Feb 07, 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

16. Kjayhawk

Posts: 294; Member since: Oct 07, 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.

25. iwebdroidberry7

Posts: 230; Member since: Jan 17, 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*

3. jordanx

Posts: 23; Member since: Apr 20, 2011

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

4. phbelov

Posts: 124; Member since: Mar 25, 2011

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

5. aztaxia12295

Posts: 272; Member since: Nov 22, 2009

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

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.

18. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

ya and iphone gained while android fell...

23. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

by fell you mean? please explain yourself

26. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

they lost marketshare as you all so love to say

7. OhSo3D

Posts: 39; Member since: Feb 22, 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.

8. iHere unregistered

iOS rules!!! :))

9. pukea

Posts: 7; Member since: Dec 31, 2010

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

10. phbelov

Posts: 124; Member since: Mar 25, 2011

I've the same opinion.

14. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 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.

15. joey18

Posts: 648; Member since: Jul 20, 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

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.

22. jbash

Posts: 345; Member since: Feb 07, 2011

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

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.

24. clevername

Posts: 1436; Member since: Jul 11, 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.

27. jtech unregistered

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

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