Microsoft’s next big thing is Windows 10. It launched for millions of PCs around the globe not too long ago, but the mobile-focused variant of the platform isn’t quite available just yet.
Leading up to that launch, Microsoft has now released an open source preview of its tools to help developers convert iOS-based applications to Windows 10 versions. It’s the same set of tools that Microsoft showed off in late April of this year, when Microsoft pitched that, for devs, it would be “effortless,” to bring their iOS (and Android) apps over to the company’s platform.
This is an early version of Windows Bridge for iOS, and it’s available as an open source download to the community. The reason why Microsoft is launching it in this early state, where the company admits it’s still very much a “work-in-progress,” follows along with their release of Windows 10, too: community feedback. Microsoft wants users to try the software out, to test it, and then give them feedback how they can make it better, remove features, add to it, and otherwise make it better before its official release later this year:
“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, it is important to note that today’s release is clearly a work-in-progress — some of the features demonstrated at Build are not yet ready or still in an early state. Regardless, we’d love for the interested and curious to look at the bridge, and compare what we’re building with your app’s requirements. And, for the really ambitious, we invite you to help us by contributing to the project, as community contributors — with source code, tests, bug reports, or comments. We welcome any and all participation in building this bridge.“
Right now, the open source tools are available through the source link below (GitHub), and it will allow developers to make the necessary changes to bring their iOS apps over to Windows 8.1 and Windows 10, capable of running on either x64 and x86 processors. At some point down the road, Microsoft will update the tools to support Windows 10 machines that run on ARM-based chipsets.[via GitHub; Microsoft]