While earlier today we had some bad news related to the cancellation of Project Astoria, Microsoft is making up for it by posting something positive for their other and preferred app bridge, Project Islandwood, the iOS to Windows 10 bridge.
The advantage of Project Islandwood is that apps produced would be full windows 10 Universal Windows App citizens, as happy to run on phones as tablets and desktop PCs, whereas Project Astoria would only have been intended for phones.
That does however mean a lot more work for developers, an in a tutorial which is the first in a series, Microsoft posted a step by step guide to building a simple to-do list app in Xcode and use the Windows Bridge for iOS to bring it over to Windows 10, keeping all of the code in a single codebase so the project is completely portable between platforms.
To follow along with the tutorial you need:
- A PC running Windows 10, with Visual Studio 2015 and the Windows Bridge for iOS installed. You can download Visual Studio from the Windows Dev Center and find the latest release of the bridge on GitHub here.
- A Mac running Mac OS X 10.11 with Xcode 7 installed. If you want to run the iOS project on an actual iOS device, you’ll also need a paid Apple Developer account.
However even if you just want to read about the process, you can learn more at the Windows Blog here.