Microsoft’s (NASDAQ: MSFT) needs more apps for its Windows Phone 7 (WP7) platform.
Microsoft sees one way to increase the number of apps available for its platform is to aid iOS developers in porting or at least rewriting their apps to work on WP7. That’s where the new iPhone/iOS to Windows Phone 7 API mapping tool come into play. The mapping tool dictionary is aimed at providing information to help developers translate techniques, languages, and API calls from the programming models they’re familiar with to those in Microsoft’s fledgling environment.
“If you are a .NET developer, learning Windows Phone development is not really ‘change.’ … [but] more of a continuum, where you just add new features to what you already know,” Jean-Christophe Cimetiere, a Microsoft senior technical evangelist for Interoperability, said in a post to the Windows Phone Developer Blog.