Microsoft Offers iPhone to Windows Phone 7 App Porting Tool

Mobile operating system market is now getting more and more like a battle zone where Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android are getting into a supreme competition for holding the top position. Although, these two are considered as the big giants in the mobile market, there are certain other relatively less strong competitors as well. Microsoft is one such example which is aiming to make a good progress with its Windows Phone 7 platform. By far, Windows Phone 7 OS doesn’t able to make an impression because of lack of apps. However, Microsoft has announced an app porting tool for iPhone to Windows Phone 7.

According to WMPowerUser, Microsoft’s new porting tool is an attempt to break the barriers normally related to issues like taking an app from one platform and porting it to another. Developers are provided with an easier way to take iOS API calls and link them directly to an existing Windows Phone 7 APIS.

Microsoft in order to make the entire process even easier is offering a weighty guide of 90+ pages for developers to consider. The name given to this guide is ‘Windows Phone 7 Guide for iPhone Application Developers’.

Although late but Microsoft has now realized that the major key for making a mobile operating system successful is basically a store full of high quality apps rather than phone itself. Microsoft still needs to do a lot more homework to catch up the pace with the Apple’s App Store and Android’s Market. However, the release of this tool may be a first fundamental step from Microsoft to prove its role in mobile OS wars.

You can download Windows Phone API Mapping Tool from here.

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