Desperate Microsoft announces tool for porting iOS apps to Windows Phones

“Microsoft announced today during its Build conference that it will release a tool for developers to port their iOS apps directly to Windows 10 as ‘universal apps’ that run on both phones and desktop computers,” Mike Beasley reports for 9to5Mac. “Developers will be able to feed their existing Objective-C code into a new software package and have it converted to work on the upcoming PC operating system.”

“At least, that’s how Microsoft is pitching it, though the whole process is a bit more complex,” Beasley reports. “Essentially Windows 10 will ship with APIs that mirror the expected behavior of many iOS APIs, and this new conversion tool will help developers swap out iOS code for matching Windows code.”

“Unfortunately for iOS developers, there is absolutely no mention of Apple’s new Swift programming language,” Beasley reports, “meaning those looking to make their apps cross-platform easily will need to hang back on Obj-C for now.”

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MacDailyNews Take: As with just about everything they do, Microsoft’s attempt to knife Apple’s Swift baby is simply too late.  Desperation breeds laughable futility.

Hear that? (total silence punctuated by the occasional cricket chirp) That’s the sound of iOS developers clamoring to port their apps to phones that nobody uses.

The shoe’s on the other foot now, Mickeyslop. Enjoy your inexorable decline. We certainly are. Immensely. 🙂


    1. I have an old Windows 7.5 cell phone. It works OK, but it is certainly not an iPhone. But it did not cost anything and the T-Mobile plan was cheap.

      It is about time to upgrade to iPhone + Apple Watch…

    1. They are trying to come up with a Project Wine for Windows Phone. The difference being that it is iOS APIs because my emulated.

      I remember when Project Wine held such “promise” for the Mac in the dark days of the late 90’s and early 00’s. You could keep you Mac and run all Windows apps natively!!!

      This will turn out no differently.

  1. This is probably the smartest thing Microsoft has done in 10 years, even if it is half-baked. If this actually works (a BIG IF), then Microsoft could in very short order have hundreds of thousands of apps for its moribund platform, perhaps even driving sales of Windows Phones.

    But if you’re going to buy a smartphone which runs ported iOS apps, why wouldn’t you just buy an iPhone?

    1. Let’s see…because the Windows phone is actually a better device and the only reason most people say they didn’t buy one is because of the lack of apps. Take that excuse away and add the ability for “Continuum” to allow your higher end Win10 Phone to also run like a desktop and now you can ask yourself “why would I buy an iPhone?”

      1. Most people haven’t bought a Windows phone because they’ve never heard of a Windows phone. I’ve never seen one in the wild.

        But there’s a reason for that. The few who have bought one obviously haven’t been impressed. Not enough to make any noise about it.

    2. How exactly are they going to port iOS apps without Cocoa Touch and all the other frameworks these apps totally depend on both for development and runtime?

      These frameworks are not exactly open source…

      Also Apple could do a bit of the good old “DOS ain’t done till Lotus won’t run” tactics.

  2. “Microsoft will release…” Typical vaporware. Maybe their iOS API crossover will be named “Beer”. I look forward to this news for it’s future entertainment value at MDN.

    1. This vaporware requires Obj-C input? Skating to where the puck was a year ago. Feature disparity with iOS Apps will only increase, revealing W10 and universal apps as anemic derivatives. Satya, I salute you…”for as long as it takes.”

  3. Great, Microsoft have come up a second rate version of Rosetta for their crappy phones.

    How well is an App like Need For Speed or any other graphics intensive App going to run? What about security? Will Apple introduce code to block Apps running on non official hardware?

    So many questions, just a shame nobody except Microsoft is asking them.

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