Windows 10 Will Have Limitations to iOS and Android Apps-Porting
Under its ideology for pushing a single operating system that can be scaled for every device known to man, Microsoft has made it so that its new Windows 10 will release with support for both iOS and Android.
During the company’s BUILD conference, Microsoft said that this will be possible through a pair of new SDKs that will be made available to developers. Under the system, the job of porting applications from both platforms over to Windows 10 will be made easier. The move will also allow the company to boost the library for Windows Phone.
For Android, Microsoft will be releasing the Project Astoria SDK tool for porting purposes. However, there will be some limitations and apps using deep-rooted Android features will face difficulties when running on Windows 10.
For iOS, though, the similar deeply placed services are expected to run better with Windows. The tool is called Project Islandwood SDK and will give developers more options when bringing an application over. This even includes the ability to publish the app for multiple Windows 10 stores such a the PC, Xbox One and Tablet. This is not available for Android.
“The user experience [of an app designed for a small device] will work on the desktop but it won’t be decent across the spectrum,” commented Microsoft’s Kevin Gallo.
Gallo also stated that the porting solution is more of a starting point than a long term solution. While it will attract developers to Windows 10, porting apps “may not be an effective experience” in the long run.