Mobilize.Net releases bridge for porting Silverlight phone apps to Windows 10

Mobilize.Net releases bridge for porting Silverlight telephone apps to Windows 10 | ZDNet



Microsoft unveiled its 4 "bridges" for porting apps to Windows 10 final year. But there was a small-mentioned fifth bridge, that just this week, has been released.

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That bridge was the Silverlight bridge, designed to get developers to port their Windows Phone 8.1 Silverlight apps to Windows ten.

The 4 major bridges Microsoft announced at its Develop 2015 conference in April last year have been all meant to get developers to bring their apps to Windows ten. The 4 ones had been the "Islandwood" iOS bridge the "Astoria" Android bridge the "Westminster" hosted Internet apps bridge and the "Centennial" Win32 bridge. The Silverlight bridge was the largely silent fifth member of the group.

Microsoft posted a porting guide to assist developers manually port their Windows Phone Silverlight apps to Windows 10. But the actual bridge tools for undertaking this automatically had been created by Mobilize.NET.

On December 3, Mobilize.NET produced its conversion tool generally accessible for download.

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The Mobilize.NET Silverlight bridge allows developers to convert Silverlight Windows Phone apps to Windows ten Universal Windows apps and/or to HTML5 and JavaScript. According to the company's site, the bridging tool analyze an app's supply code and converts the references either to Windows ten application programming interfaces (APIs) or HTML5/JavaSript. "Either way you will get native C# code with no runtimes," the organization says.

Earlier this year, Microsoft has delivered the Westminster hosted-apps bridge, and moved a preview of the Islandwood iOS bridge project to Github. The organization also postponed delivery of a preview of the Centennial bridge until some time in 2016.

While Microsoft hasn't confirmed that it has dumped plans to deliver the Android bridge -- created to enable Android apps to run on Windows phone by way of emulation -- developers who signed up for a closed preview of that project say perform seems to have ceased. Sources have mentioned Microsoft has moved personnel operating on the Android bridge to the Islanwood bridge. Microsoft's only official word on the status of the Android bridge is that it's not however ready (not that it really is dead or getting reworked, two feasible scenarios pointed out by a variety of contacts of mine).

Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer appears to be a fan of the idea of operating Android apps on Windows Phones. He was also a fan of Microsoft buying Nokia, a strategy that hasn't turned out so properly for the Softies. Just sayin' ....

In other developer-connected news, Microsoft released earlier this week the updated Windows 10 software program developer kit (the a single for use with the November Update to Windows 10 release). There are a quantity of enhancements and updates to the Universal Windows Platform that are integrated in the updated SDK. A new Microsoft weblog post explains what's Calls from Santa Claus in the 10586 SDK refresh.