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Microsoft Release Open Source “Bridging Tools” to Get iOS Apps on Windows 10

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An aim of Microsoft with the release of Windows 10 (Mobile), is to eliminate the apparent “app gap” between other mobile platforms such as iOS and Android and it’s own smartphone operating system Windows Phone. One effort has been to make it as easy as possible for developers to port their iOS and Android apps onto Windows 10. So good news to hear that Microsoft have released Windows Bridge for iOS on an open source license, according to the Windows blog:

Today, we’re releasing an early look at the Windows Bridge for iOS (previously known as ‘Project Islandwood’). While the final release will happen later this fall (allowing the bridge to take advantage of new tooling capabilities that will ship with the upcoming Visual Studio 2015 Update), we are making the bridge available to the open-source community now in its current state. Between now and the fall, we’d love more eyes, feedback, and participation on the code, so we’re doing our development “in the open.”

We’re releasing the iOS bridge as an open-source project under the MIT license. Given the ambition of the project, making it easy for iOS developers to build and run apps on Windows.

There is also news on the Android Bridge for Windows:

The Windows Bridge for Android, or ‘Project Astoria’, is currently available as a technical preview by invitation only. We have been gradually inviting more developers each week and will continue to expand this preview program. Our goal is to have everyone currently on the early access waitlist in the program by the end of August; and we are aiming to release the Windows Bridge for Android as a public beta in the fall. To get on the waitlist for early access, please use the sign up form.

As we make progress on the Android bridge, we are also contributing to open-source projects used by its community. We submitted changes to help improve ANGLE. For those who haven’t hear of ANGLE, ANGLE provides translation of OpenGL to DirectX. These changes have been accepted by Google and improved ANGLE’s performance and compatibility with DX feature level 9.3.

To find out more about this follow the link HERE to blog.windows.com.

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