Microsoft finally seems to have an answer to its app gap problem that has plagued its Windows platform for quite some time. At its ongoing BUILD conference, the Redmond-based company revealed that app developers can now port their Android and iOS apps to Windows 10. Also Read - Xbox Series X restock in India possible by early August, no news on Series S
Rather than having to build their apps from scratch again, Microsoft is providing developers with tools to reuse most of the same code to port them to Windows 10. In essence, Android developers can use Java and C++ code on Windows 10, while iOS developers would be able to use Objective C code on Windows 10. Also Read - How to disable Cortana on Windows 10 PC in a few simple steps
“We want to enable developers to leverage their current code and current skills to start building those Windows applications in the Store, and to be able to extend those applications,” Microsoft’s Terry Myerson told The Verge. “Initially it will be analogous to what Amazon offers… If they’re using some Google API… we have created Microsoft replacements for those APIs.” Also Read - Xbox Game Pass: List of games coming to consoles in July, big games releasing next month
This development is in line with earlier reports that claimed Microsoft was planning on bringing Android apps to the Windows 10 platform. While it has no doubt made it easier to bring new apps to the platform, it will be interesting to see how well they perform when compared to their Android or iOS counterparts.