It seems Microsoft’s old partner Intel sees some benefit in Microsoft’s Project Islandwood iOS bridge technology, and has decided to contribute to the effort.
Intel has donated a variety of Objective-C Code frameworks, including their Accelerate framework, BLAS APIs, Accelerometer APIs, Gyroscope APIs and more, with the aim of allowing more existing Objective-C code to run on Windows.
Intel’s interest is rather transparent. They write:
We want to make sure that developers who have invested in Objective-C® code bases can reuse their code on Windows 10 devices running on Intel Architecture.
Therefore, we are very interested in the Windows Bridge for iOS project and are contributing support for key frameworks used by iOS developers to ensure they perform best on Intel-based Windows 10 devices.
iOS and Android are of course largely ARM based, leaving Windows as Intel’s only champion. Intel has recently itself had to lay of 12,000 employees due to erosion of the PC market, and the company would clearly benefit from a more robust Windows tablet and PC market.
Hopefully making it easier for iOS developers to port their apps to the Windows Store can achieve just that.
Read more about how to use Intel’s Accelerate framework at the Windows Blog here.