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Mar 21, 2012

iPad Developers Can Easily Port Apps to Windows 8, Microsoft Shows

This fall, the world will get a full taste of the next generation operating system from Microsoft, Windows 8, as well as of the applications designed specifically for it. 

Over the past several months, the Redmond-based software giant has been providing developers with details on what they need to do to have applications up and running on Windows 8, and is not delivering more of these. 

Among them, we can also count info on how app builders would be capable to port their applications from Apple’s iPad to tablet PCs running under the upcoming OS. 

In fact, the company has published a case study on its website to demonstrate how iPad developers could take advantage of Windows 8’s capabilities to enhance their applications while porting them to the new platform. 

Applications that target Windows 8 specifically need to be built based on the new Metro UI principles that Microsoft has introduced last year when unveiling the platform. These applications will be distributed through Microsoft’s new application portal, the Windows Store.

“In this case study we want to help designers and developers who are familiar with iOS to reimagine their apps using Metro style design principles,” the company notes on its website

“We show you how to translate common user interface and experience patterns found in iPad apps to Windows 8 Metro style apps. 

“We draw on our experience building the same app for the iPad and for Windows 8. We use common design and development scenarios to show how to leverage the Windows 8 platform and incorporate Metro style design principles.”

The case study brings to the spotlight a connected photo journal that provides users with the possibility to easily view and manage their photos and videos online. The app also offers a timeline view.

After building the application for the iPad, the team at Microsoft started porting it to Windows 8. On the company’s website, they show how each component of the iPad application can be translated into Metro style design.

Developers interested in getting started with the building of applications for the next gen platform from Microsoft can now download the Windows 8 Consumer Preview Build 8250, available on this page.


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