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.
- Android to Windows Phone API mapping tool
- “Windows Phone 7 Guide for Android Application Developers” white paper, 90+ pages organized in 7 chapters