We always suspected that Microsoft will announce something big at the Build 2015 keynote. The guys from Redmond delivered spectacularly, with loads of announcements related to Windows 10. The latest MS Operating System has been generating a lot of positive feedback from users of its Technical Preview (see our post on how to install Windows 10 if you want to be among these early adopters). The feature that can be Windows 10’s defining factor, and the real killer, is its ability to run iOS and Android apps. This exciting news was confirmed by Microsoft during yesterday’s keynote, and has whetted the appetite of all Windows users waiting for the final build of Windows 10. The Apple App Store’s quality has always inspired jealousy among competitors, and having iOS apps on Windows 10 is sure to be a game-changer for Windows 10 handheld devices.
Of course, you can run iOS apps on Windows 10 desktops as the port will be universal, but Microsoft’s main focus seems to be on bringing these apps to Windows Phone. From the perspective of ordinary users, there won’t be any difference between a ported iOS app and a native Windows 10 app. All the work will have to done by iOS developers, with a lot of help from Microsoft’s development tools.
If you are a developer, you should be able to download a compiler from the official Windows 10 site soon. This compiler is code-named “Project Islandwood” for now and is in closed beta. If you are lucky enough, and get an invite to port iOS apps on Windows 10, you can modify and extend your Objective C code on Visual Studio conveniently.
There is one snag though. Recently, Apple announced its own programming language named ‘Swift’. This language is tailor-made for iOS development and hence is sure to become a favorite among iPhone and iPad developers. However, Project Islandwood still deals with the older standard of Objective C, which might cause a decrease in the porting rate of apps. Don’t let this take anything away from the new realms of possibilities Microsoft has opened though. With iOS apps on Windows 10, Windows Phone should finally be able to take off and the Windows 10 adoption rate is sure to soar as well.