Microsoft woos Android developers with new Windows Phone API mapping tool

By Tom Warren, on 9th Jun 11 5:48 pm with 11 Comments

Microsoft is attempting to woo Android developers to Windows Phone.

The software giant shipped an Android to Windows Phone API mapping tool on Thursday. The tool helps developers find their way around the Windows Phone platform. “Think of the API mapping tool as being like a translation dictionary,” explains Microsoft’s senior technical evangelist of interoperability, Jean-Christophe Cimetiere. The new tool doesn’t include every single mapping for all of the APIs, because of the platform differences. “We’re working on expanding the coverage of the API Mapping tool for both iOS and Android,” says Cimetiere. “There will be some situations where you might be stuck, not knowing what way to port your feature over from iOS or Android to Windows Phone. We’re willing to help!”

Microsoft originally introduced a similar API mapping tool for iOS developers just over a month ago. The software giant says it will include the Mango features into the API mapping tool during the summer. The company has also hired an “App Guy” who spends his time crawling the developer forums to answer questions related to porting iOS and Android apps to Windows Phone.

If you’re an Android developer and you’re interesting in porting your application to Windows Phone then you can download the new tool below.

  • Test1ngi23

    Haha! What next? Is MS going to start paying Android/iPhone devs to make WP7 apps?

    • Anonymous

      They already did that, heh.

    • Hars

      yes. The same way Google and Apple creates conquest with money as prize

      Prizes will be distributed as follows; all prizes are in USD:
      For each of the 10 categories:
      1st prize: $100,0002nd prize: $50,0003rd prize: $25,000
      Overall (across all categories)
      1st prize: $150,000 (meaning the overall winner will receive $250,000)2nd prize: $50,000 (meaning the 2nd prize winner will receive up to $150,000)3rd prize: $25,000 (meaning the 3rd prize winner will receive up to $125,000)

      You know…Google and Apple pay their developers


      Google , Apple, … are promoting the development for their platform.

      The same way, Microsoft promotes their platform for the developers

    • Anonymous

      They already did that, heh.

    • Anonymous

      Yes they have already done that with great success!

    • Renzo

      Yeah I would like it if Microsoft paid me to make WP7s apps, sounds more fun than my 9-5


    • Anonymous

      If you have got the skills, the tools are available for free from Microsoft. So get programming the next Angry Birds selling ap…

    • FMH

      Are they not already doing it? Angry Birds and what not.

  • Keno Butler

    Smart move… i dont see why the hell not!

  • Wheezle

    Meh. Android market is worse than WP7 one for quality.

  • Syrious

    Expression Blend makes creating windows apps so easy, no coding required – thanks MS!