You can use the App Analysis tool to immediately get a breakdown of what parts of your app are compatible with the bridge, giving you a good estimate of how much work would be required to turn your iOS app into a UWP app. And since the tool is web-based, there are no downloads and no installs required – just upload your IPA and you’re ready to go.According to Microsoft, till now, developers had a hard time figuring out if their apps were a good match for the bridge. One had to download the SDK from GitHub, set up Windows 10 and Visual Studio 2015, generate a Visual Studio project for their iOS app, and finally run the code. For the past few months, the iOS bridge team claims to have been soliciting iOS app packages – called IPAs – from Microsoft’s developer community to help test and flesh out the App Analysis tool and has now, released the tool.
App Analysis tool as part of the Windows Bridge for iOS. The Windows Bridge for iOS is a free-to-use, open-source project that allows developers to create Universal Windows Platform apps (UWP) that can run on windows 10 devices using iOS APIs and Objective-C code. The company states that the tool will help iOS app developers bring their apps to the Windows Store by letting them test their iOS apps’ compatibility with the Windows Bridge for iOS. When developers submit their IPA file to the tool, it will analyze the file and give the developers a breakdown of what parts of their app are compatible with the Windows Bride for iOS. “Our goal is to give developers a head start with UWP app development by allowing them to reuse much of their iOS code base, and also make it easy for iOS developers to use their existing skills to take advantage of Windows 10 features,” said Nick Gerald, Program Manager, Microsoft, in a blog post.
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