Microsoft is open-sourcing an early version of its toolkit that helps iOS developers easily port their apps to Windows 10. The move is in-line with getting more developers to embrace its Windows 10 platform, with the lure of not developing from scratch.
Codenamed Project Islandwood, the toolkit was first announced at Microsoft’s Build conference and is one of the four bridges the company plans to use to increase the number of apps on the new unified Windows Store.
The preview of the Windows Bridge for iOS recently became available on GitHub under an MIT open-source licence. The final version will come out a little later this year, coinciding with the Visual Studio 2015 update.
Microsoft’s iOS bridge will let devs build apps for Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 that will work with both 32-bit as well as 64-bit devices. Support for ARM based systems (mobile devices) will come later this year.