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In an effort to grow Marketplace one of Microsoftâ€™s main strategies have been to make it easy for developers to bring their popular iPhone applications to Windows Phone 7.
Microsoft has now launched an iPhone/iOS to Windows Phone 7 API mapping tool to helps developers more easily translate their applications to the Windows phone 7 API.
With this tool, iPhone developers can take their apps, pick out the iOS API calls, and quickly look up the equivalent classes, methods and notification events in WP7. A developer can search a given iOS API call and find the equivalent WP7 along with C# sample codes and API documentations for both platforms.
The code samples allow developers to quickly migrate short blobs of iOS code to the equivalent C# code. All WP7 API documentations are pulled in from the Silverlight, C# and XNA sources on MSDN.
The tool works best with Network / Internet, User Interface and Data Management apps and Microsoft hopes to expand the scope In the future versions .
Microsoft is also providing a 90+ pages â€œWindows Phone 7 Guide for iPhone Application Developersâ€ white paper to get developers up and running.