On The Viability Of Porting iOS And Android Apps To Windows 10 Mobile

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Shad0wguy

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If it means more apps for Windows Phone I'll take ported apps over no apps any day. And hopefully if it does well enough the devs will invest in native apps.
 

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What about platform specific API's, those most certainly will need to be reworked. For instance, apps that have integrated Google Play services won't have that on Windows I would think?
 

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I actually suspect performance will be about the same for Android and IOS apps as for native. For Android, there's an abstraction layer involved even on "native" Android devices to smooth out hardware differences. That layer is open source, so Microsoft has full visibility into it to create a "native" abstraction layer for Windows 10. For IOS, Microsoft has long been the compiler king. They have compilers for everything, it's no surprise they'd have a compiler for Objective-C. Regarding any containers they may be talking about, these are likely virtualization containers, and since the Windows 10 Mobile platform is based around virtualization as a security measure, it's a native mechanism in the platform. I'm reasonably sure it's hardware supported.
 

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Very well written article, well done. If this actually works MS could snare, by default, the biggest app collection anywhere forever. No matter how many new apps get added by Apple or Android, Microsoft would always be able to use more.
 

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The "container" might just refer to the sandbox all WP apps run in, or it could be something else. Converting code is all well and good, but what about binary libraries? (that's another possibility for the "container")
 

RedJaron

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It won't be automatic. Again, the devs have to choose to port their apps over.
 
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