Microsoft releases API Mapping tool to bring Android Apps to Windows Phone
Microsoft is trying to keep its effort to be a leader in App world, recently we saw some faster growth in the Windows Phone 7 Apps in the Market Place and now the company is targeting Android Apps for Windows Phone platform. To make the development process for Android to WinPo 7 easier and smoother for devs, Microsoft has announced a new software kit for Android devs.
The new Kit includes two parts to it, the Android to Windows Phone API mapping tool and the Windows Phone 7 guide for Android Application Developers. The second part is a whitepaper with over 90 pages and seven chapters. The developer tool will let Android developers to bring their Android App to Windows Phone platform. Microsoft says, “Think of the API mapping tool as being like a translation dictionary.”
The API mapping tool also allows devs to comment directly to the existing mapping systems if something is inaccurate the devs can let Microsoft know. Microsoft has also hired an “App Guy” that crawls over forums to answer questions about porting Android apps to WinPo 7. With the next version of Windows Phone, Mango, arriving at the end of this year bringing along with it a ton of new APIs, it looks like Microsoft won’t have to worry about the size of its Windows Marketplace.