Windows 7 is on 450 million desktops. Windows 8 will be rolled out soon and it will be app based. What are you waiting for? If you have apps already they’ll need converting, so we thought we’d take a look at that.
The first thing is that you have the aesthetics of the different platforms. Starting with the animated tile in Windows 8 the user will be greeted in a different way to, let’s say, an Android user, so it’s not as clear cut as translating code. It’s an opportunity for software engineers to get creative again!
What you do have are your assets and your code. Many of your assets are unlikely to be a hassle, but your code will be.
Objective C to C++ for instance (should you go that route) is a pain. Objective C has never been very popular in the first place and to have to port it isn’t easy.
The next thing you’ll need is a PC, hopefully this will be sorted out by running windows on your Mac, but for now it’s PC time. Some people are going to have to slum it for a while!
Android to Windows 8 should be far simpler. For a start Eclipse is PC friendly and having programmed your Android app in C# or Java, the Windows 8 environment will be a breeze.
Expression blend gives you the ideal tool to lay out your assets and get working with the different with your code in a live environment, so while you struggle with porting your iPhone software at least you’ll see what you’re doing.
More to come on the subject SOON
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