Windows maker Microsoft has dished out a new tool that helps developers to port their existing iOS applications to its Windows Phone 7 platform.
The company is planning to fill the massive gap between its Windows Phone Marketplace and the iTunes App Store by providing a tool that helps developers port iOS applications to Windows Phone 7.
Microsoft’s late entry into the smartphone and apps market has done little to deter it from its ambitions. The company’s Windows Phone Marketplace is already expected to surpass the Blackberry App World and Nokia’s Ovi store in number of mobile apps before it finishes its first year.
The new iOS to Windows Phone 7 API mapping tool allows developers to migrate short bits of iOS to the C# code supported by the Windows Phone 7 platform. This means that iOS developers won’t have to redo the entire code for their application for Microsoft’s platform.
Microsoft is planning to add more developer language to assist them in making apps for its platform and Google’s Android is expected to be one of them.
“With this tool, iPhone developers can grab their apps, pick out the iOS API calls, and quickly look up the equivalent classes, methods and notification events in WP7. A developer can search a given iOS API call and find the equivalent WP7 along with C# sample codes and API documentations for both platforms,” the comany explained on a post on the Windows Team (http://windowsteamblog.com/windows_phone/b/wpdev/archive/2011/04/29/leveraging-your-iphone-development-expertise-to-build-windows-phone-7-applications.aspx) blog.