Microsoft announces SDKs to port Android and iOS apps to Windows Store Apps

Microsoft announces SDKs to port Android and iOS apps to Windows Store Apps.

Microsoft has been opening its arms to the non-Microsoft world. Last year, Microsoft open sourced its .NET Framework and many other projects. Microsoft teams have been working with open source developers and companies to support multiple languages, frameworks, and platforms to build and run on Windows. Microsoft has built a robust ecosystem of tools under its Visual Studio 2015 umbrella to build support for open source platforms such as Ruby on Rails, PHP, HTML, JavaScript and Linux.

Now, Microsoft is also looking at Google Android and Apple iOS developers.

Today at Build 2015 in San Francisco, Microsoft’s Terry Myerson announced two new SDKs for iOS and Android developers to port their Android and iOS apps to Windows Store apps.

Android developers don’t need to do anything different to deploy and run their apps on Windows 10. They will still be able to deploy their Java or C++ code as packages to Microsoft’s Windows 10 mobile operating system or Windows Phones. Microsoft’s Windows 10 mobile operating system will allows Android Open Source project to run as a layer. For iOS developers, Microsoft has an Objective C compiler. iOS developers will recompile their code on Windows 10.

The tools announced by Microsoft will allow Android and iOS developers to reuse their existing code to build and deploy their apps on Windows 10.