Microsoft shows Android developers how to port their apps to Windows 10

Microsoft shows Android developers how to port their apps to Windows 10
Like BlackBerry did before them, Microsoft is trying to lure consumers to purchase its handsets by allowing Android apps to run on its phones. For this to happen, Android developers need to port over their handiwork to Windows 10. In addition to Android apps, Microsoft is also allowing iOS developers to port over their apps as well. This should help take care of one of the biggest criticisms about Windows Phone, which is the lack of certain popular apps in the Windows Phone Store.

Project Astoria, which is the name given the project by Microsoft, will only be as successful as iOS and Android developers allow it to be. To show Android developers how the porting process works, Microsoft created a video using the Timber dating app as an example to show developers how to get their app running on Windows 10.


Microsoft says that developers will be able to reuse their Android app code and tools. The bottom line is that the Android developers who follow the process laid out by Microsoft, will deliver Android apps to Windows 10 with the same quality that Windows users expect from the apps they install on their phones. But that isn't the main issue. What prospective Windows 10 buyers want is to make sure that the iOS and Android apps ported over run as well on Windows 10 as they do on the original platform from whence they came.



source: Channel9 via BGR

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74 Comments

1. gaming64 unregistered

How 'bout iOS devs? You're gonna need them too.

2. Awalker

Posts: 1973; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

It may be harder to port iOS apps.

14. alexsupertramp unregistered

Not really... Project astoria = Android apps and devs. Project Islandwood = iOS apps and devs.

55. mildorzalost

Posts: 143; Member since: Jun 03, 2014

There is already two iOS game ports, Candy Crush Saga and Monument Valley

72. gaming64 unregistered

You forgot a million more, my boy.

21. oldhamletman

Posts: 72; Member since: Sep 03, 2011

MS has had this program since the beginning of windows phone for both android and IOS apps... not new news... any major app dev can just call up MS and get app porting help and they have porting tools for free for any app developer... there's no excuse for any app not to available for windows phone..... that said, I've never run across an app that I needed for windows phone that isn't availale.... windows phone is awesome

3. Awalker

Posts: 1973; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

Google should definitely build something to help developers port their iOS apps to Android.

16. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

they dont need it, android app written in java or C++ while iOS app writen in objective C, not much different between those two.. even some IDE can build same source code to .apk and .ipa package

46. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

They don't. And native games written with opengl share a lot in common with android vs directx.

4. D.Aceveda

Posts: 432; Member since: Jun 30, 2012

So basically, since nobody wants Windows on their mobile devices (market share says so). Microsoft is trying to ride the thunder of Android and iOS by making it possible to run Android/iOS. Pathetic but hey, if it worked for BB, I'm sure it will work for Microsoft.....oh wait.

5. gaming64 unregistered

Prepare for meanestgenius

10. meanestgenius

Posts: 21778; Member since: May 28, 2014

NO ONE can prepare for "meanestgenius". Mwahahahahahaha!

32. D.Aceveda

Posts: 432; Member since: Jun 30, 2012

Why do I need to prepare for fanboyism? What an odd thing to say.

34. meanestgenius

Posts: 21778; Member since: May 28, 2014

Says the guy who's comment #4 REEKED of fanboyism...And trolling.

40. D.Aceveda

Posts: 432; Member since: Jun 30, 2012

I don't get it.

43. meanestgenius

Posts: 21778; Member since: May 28, 2014

THAT'S pretty obvious.

59. D.Aceveda

Posts: 432; Member since: Jun 30, 2012

Yup...

63. meanestgenius

Posts: 21778; Member since: May 28, 2014

"Yup", indeed.

69. D.Aceveda

Posts: 432; Member since: Jun 30, 2012

Yup...

33. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Does Microsoft Nexus 6 phone has a display issue? Really, some things will never change.

8. xq10xa

Posts: 808; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

Douche comment. So douchy.

30. D.Aceveda

Posts: 432; Member since: Jun 30, 2012

Lame reply. So lame.

49. gaming64 unregistered

Lame comment. Lame profile picture. Lame username. What else can I say? Calm your t!ts!

60. D.Aceveda

Posts: 432; Member since: Jun 30, 2012

Thanks. I love my username as well.

9. meanestgenius

Posts: 21778; Member since: May 28, 2014

That's the price of Android being "open source", anyone can use it. Don't hate if others like BlackBerry and Microsoft exploit this fact for their gain. As for iOS, well, Microsoft is SOFTWARE company first. Their just putting their expertise to work to level the playing field against their competitors. If it can be done, I don't see anything wrong with it. "Them's" the breaks. Instead of making bumburned comments, how about you just embrace the fact that competition is going taken to the next level with this? Consumers will only win in the end.

12. meanestgenius

Posts: 21778; Member since: May 28, 2014

*They're

31. D.Aceveda

Posts: 432; Member since: Jun 30, 2012

TL;DR.

35. meanestgenius

Posts: 21778; Member since: May 28, 2014

"CR;ILL" (Can't read;Illiterate) There. I fixed your post for you.

39. D.Aceveda

Posts: 432; Member since: Jun 30, 2012

Huh???

45. meanestgenius

Posts: 21778; Member since: May 28, 2014

Right over your head, I see.

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