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Current Press Releases

Mobilize.Net Launches New WebMAP 4.0 with Dramatic Increases in Automation and Output App Performance

Posted by DeeDee Walsh on Mon, Oct, 31, 2016 @ 12:10 PM

WebMAP 4.0 automates up to 97% of Windows to Web app migrations, reducing manual work by an order of magnitude, while improving performance on key web app performance benchmarks by 10X or more

 BELLEVUE, WA – Nov 1, 2016 – Mobilize.Net today announced that WebMAP 4.0, the industry’s leading tool for migrating Windows applications to the web, is available for immediate customer use. WebMAP 4.0 includes support for thousands of additional objects, properties, methods, events, and language features, dramatically decreasing the time, cost, and risk of converting Windows applications into web applications. In addition to the increased automation, WebMAP also improves output web application performance and generates code that is even easier to read and maintain. Customers can access WebMAP at studio.mobilize.net.

“In terms of sheer number of improvements, this is the biggest WebMAP release - ever,” said Tom Button, CEO of Mobilize.Net. “We built this tool based on the lessons learned from migrating millions of lines of real-world customer code with our own product. There’s no faster way to transform Windows desktop apps into modern, native, cloud and mobile-ready web apps.”

The improvements in WebMAP include:

  • Increased automation: Up to 97% automated migration[1] is possible via support for thousands of additional third party and Microsoft components and their associated properties, methods, and events. Mobilize also added support for many new language features in the most popular Windows programming languages. WebMAP 4.0 accelerates app migration from Windows to web, saving months or years of unnecessary manual work.
  • Faster code. WebMAP 4.0 produces code that is faster – both on the client and server. The tool radically reduces time needed for message serialization and state synchronization through Mobilize.Net’s new performance optimized implementation of the industry standard MVC architecture. The resulting web apps load faster and respond quicker to user input, like clicking a button or populating a data-bound control that requires a server action. For example, a data grid that required over 3 seconds to load 19k items in WebMAP 3 now loads 20 times faster – just 152 milliseconds. These controls are common in Windows desktop apps and have previously frustrated attempts of developers to move them to the web with similar user experience.
  • Readable and maintainable code. WebMAP 4.0 follows standard architectural patterns with which today’s developers are familiar. The generated code is simplified, well commented, and pulls forward the same mnemonic variable names and comments developers will recognize from the original application, and comes with full source code enabling easy updates in the future to add features and support new technologies.

To date, more than 30 million lines of code have been migrated using WebMAP. With WebMAP’s ability to get smarter with each migration, the tool has better automation than ever before.

WebMAP Offers Relief to Silverlight, PowerBuilder and .NET Customers

Customers who have made large investments in legacy desktop technologies such as Visual Basic, C#, PowerBuilder, Silverlight, .NET and others need not abandon the valuable IP in that source code. WebMAP 4.0 provides a quick and cost-effective path forward for legacy code to move to the modern world of web, mobile and cloud.

Customers and Partners Rely on Mobilize Modernization

“Mobilze.Net builds tools to help developers transform applications for our cloud-first, mobile-first world,” said Shawn Nandi, senior director, Microsoft Corp. “Mobilize.Net’s WebMAP modernization technology accelerates customers’ ability to move to Microsoft Azure and enjoy the benefits of mobile and the cloud.”

“Advanced has helped thousands of customers with legacy applications through complex modernization initiatives,” said Jeff Shelby, Director of Application Modernization at Advanced. “When our customers need to take their Windows applications to the cloud or mobile-enable them, we use WebMAP to ensure they get a top-performing solution that is also easy to maintain and enhance.”

“Mobilize tools create readable, maintainable, quality code,” said Matt Gropel, Director of Technology at AgWorks Software. “Mobilize uses familiar architecture and patterns which made it easy to immediately step into the code.” Added Greg Duhachek, CEO at AgWorks, “Mobilize technology is actually cheaper than a manual rewrite in time and dollars. It cut our costs in half.”

“Mobilize.Net enabled us to modernize one of our key buy-side applications faster and at lower cost than a manual rewrite would have incurred," said Alan Lawrence, Head of Development, Fidessa Buy-side. “We were impressed with Mobilize.Net's professional services too."

“Mobilize saved us time and money,” said David Hutchins, CEO of Hutchins Systems. With WebMAP, we got a native web application with no runtimes and no ongoing royalty payments.”

*Contact Mobilize.Net to talk with real customers.

Learn more about WebMAP at a free webinar on November 8: http://www.mobilize.net/free-html5-webinar

About Mobilize.Net

Mobilize.Net accelerates and simplifies the transformation of software applications to .NET, web, mobile, and cloud platforms. Millions of developers have used Mobilize.Net technology to successfully modernize billions of lines of code. Mobilize.Net solutions enable customers to reduce risk, cost, and time while moving applications to the platforms businesses demand today. Mobilize.Net migration technology is Microsoft's chosen solution for Visual Studio and MSDN customers. The privately-held Mobilize.Net is based in Bellevue, WA, and is led by former Microsoft Corporate Vice President, Tom Button. For more information, please go to www.mobilize.net

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[1] Based on tests with real-world migration projects ranging from 100KLoC to over 1M lines of code.

Topics: application modernization, HTML5, C# to HTML, WebMap, Modernization, Azure

Mobilize.Net Rescues Developers from Another “Zombie” Programming Platform from the 90s: PowerBuilder

Posted by DeeDee Walsh on Wed, Oct, 12, 2016 @ 06:10 AM

Mobilize.Net extends WebMAP to transform PowerBuilder applications into modern web applications, fully mobile and cloud ready

BELLEVUE, WA – Oct 12, 2016 – Mobilize.Net, the leading modernization tools provider today, announced it has extended WebMAP to include support for PowerBuilder in its list of source languages and platforms. With this release, Mobilize.Net’s WebMAP tools now automate the conversion of PowerBuilder applications to cloud-ready Java-based server components and fully native HTML5 clients. Customers receive a native code application on the new platform that is re-factored and re-architected optimally for web, mobile and cloud.

“We live in a time where technology becomes obsolete in record time,” said Tom Button, CEO of Mobilize.Net. “At Mobilize, we consider it a failure if our customers have to throw away their valuable line-of-business applications. We are focused on helping organizations move their proven business logic and workflows off legacy platforms to provide their business and users the full benefit of cutting edge architectures and new platforms, so their proven IP can continue to deliver maximum business value for years to come.”

Mobilize Unblocks PowerBuilder from Moving to Web, Mobile and Cloud

Mobilize.Net's powerful WebMAP software migration technology automates the transformation of PowerBuilder apps to modern web apps. In most cases, WebMAP automates 90% or more of the code conversion. The tool reduces the manual work of migrating to the web and gives developers less project risk because there are fewer bugs and feature creep than is typical with a manual rewrite. The resulting web applications follow industry standard web architectures; ensuring that the app is future-proof and mobile and cloud-ready.

Native Code Allows for Continued Improvements

Mobilize.Net tools generate native code on the target platform – with no costly or opaque runtimes which can quickly become the new legacy problem. Unlike the runtime libraries or frameworks which commonly accompany other migration tools, the pure native code model enables customers to continue to evolve the application taking full advantage of all innovations on the new platform.

Migrates Apps in One Third the Time for Maximum Developer Productivity

Based on the automated code analysis and transformation technology already in WebMAP, the PowerBuilder tool enables complete migrations in a third or less of the time required for a manual rewrite, dramatically reducing cost and project risk associated with manual rewrites. To date, the beta tool has been used on millions of lines of code to successfully migrate PowerBuilder projects.

Learn more about transforming PowerBuilder apps at http://www.mobilize.net/solution/legacy-solutions/powerbuilder

Customer Praise for Mobilize.Net*

“Mobilize.Net gave me a very cost-effective way to move my application from an outdated platform to the web,” said David Hutchins at Hutchins System. “Their service and support were stellar.”

“Mobilize.Net stood out with their methodology and their very powerful migration tool,” said Robert Burns, Integration Business Leader at CFM Materials.

*Contact Mobilize.Net to talk with real customers.

About Mobilize.Net

Mobilize.Net accelerates and simplifies the transformation of software applications to .NET, web, mobile, and cloud platforms. Millions of developers have used Mobilize.Net technology to successfully modernize billions of lines of code. Mobilize.Net solutions enable customers to reduce risk, cost, and time while moving applications to the platforms businesses demand today. Mobilize.Net migration technology is Microsoft's chosen solution for Visual Studio and MSDN customers. The privately-held Mobilize.Net is based in Bellevue, WA, and is led by former Microsoft Corporate Vice President, Tom Button. For more information, please go to www.mobilize.net

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Topics: HTML5, Java, PowerBuilder, Modernization

Mobilize.Net Showcases Modernization Use Cases, Expert Videos and Customer Case Studies on New Resources Site

Posted by DeeDee Walsh on Tue, Aug, 09, 2016 @ 06:08 AM

Learn about costs, good and bad technology, best approaches and much more

Mobilize.Net provider of the leading modernization solutions for client/server to web today announced it will showcase expert resources on the what, why and how on modernization; how to think about legacy assets; critical requirements for moving to modern platforms and much more. “We have migrated more code and applications than any other software company. We decided to pull together in one place our key learnings so that others can benefit from our experience,” said John Browne, technical product manager at Mobilize.Net.



The Mobilize.Net Modernization “What You Need to Know” site is live at: www.mobilize.net/tech-resources and includes:

  • Expert videos: Hear from software development experts including Google’s Chris Sells and industry insider Keith Pleas discuss the obstacles and mitigations around web apps and moving desktop apps to the cloud.
  • Technical articles: Discover tips, expert advice and insights on all things modernization. Lots of technical articles on web architecture, deployment issues, desktop architectural considerations and much more.

Architecture considerations

  • Customer use cases: Learn from the experiences of others and avoid the pitfalls when migrating from the desktop to web and cloud.
  • Modernization ebooks: From understanding modernization economics to learning the latest about technology trends, Mobilize modernization ebooks provide easy to understand insights and facts.

Resources from industry and technology experts will be added to the site on a weekly basis.  Mobilize.Net Modernization “What You Need to Know site is at: www.mobilize.net/tech-resources.


 

Topics: software development, application modernization, windows development

India IT Leader, Raj Biyani, Joins Mobilize.Net Advisory Board

Posted by DeeDee Walsh on Wed, Apr, 27, 2016 @ 09:04 AM

Raj Biyani, former Managing Director of Microsoft IT India and noted author, speaker and transformational leader joins Mobilize.Net advisory board.

BELLEVUE, WA – April 19, 2016 – Mobilize.Net, the leading provider of enterprise software modernization technology for web mobile and cloud, today announced the addition of Raj Biyani to the Mobilize.Net Advisory Board.

“We are pleased to welcome Raj to Mobilize.Net,” said Tom Button, President and CEO, Mobilize.Net. “Raj’s in-depth experience in IT and India together with his understanding of business and technical migration to the cloud provides us with invaluable insight and perspective.”

Previously, Biyani served as Managing Director of Microsoft IT organization in India and has numerous published works on the topic of cloud transformation and organizational transformation. Biyani has also shipped multiple software releases including Windows Marketplace and MSN Shopping..

Raj-Biyani.jpg“I am excited to be joining as an advisor to Mobilize.Net because of its focus and passion in providing compelling modernization technology,” said Biyani. “Mobilize’s technology provides the company with a unique ability to supply enterprises and ISVs with game-changing solutions.”

About Raj Biyani

Raj Biyani, a 17-year Microsoft veteran, is the former Managing Director of Microsoft IT India, where he led the 1,200+ member engineering center from 2010-2015. Featured in a Harvard Business School case study "Microsoft IT India", under Biyani’s stewardship the Microsoft IT India leadership index improved from 51% to 99%.

Biyani is a tireless advocate for increasing the value-add and impact of multinational corporations (MNCs) operating in India, and towards that end, co-produced a documentary featuring MNC leaders in India, “Inventing the Zero, Reaching for Infinity: The story of India and its IT industry,” that was telecast on CNBC.

Before relocating to India, Biyani worked on several engineering teams within Microsoft product groups, including the Windows Marketplace team (precursor to the Windows Store). As General Manager in Microsoft IT, Biyani helped shape and accelerate Microsoft IT’s cloud strategy through the internal evangelism and adoption of Microsoft’s Azure cloud platform, including developing and deploying the first Windows Azure LOB application. Biyani recapped the learnings on moving to the cloud in a book he co-authored “To the Cloud: Cloud Powering an Enterprise” – the Why, What, and How of enterprise cloud adoption, which highlights the key lessons learned and shares a 4E conceptual framework (Explore, Envision, Enable, Execute) for CXOs to leverage.

During his 17 years at Microsoft, Biyani was awarded several US patents, one EU patent, and established himself as a thought leader by authoring and co-authoring ten “ThinkWeek” papers for Bill Gates.

Biyani holds an MBA with honors from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

About Mobilize.Net

Mobilize.Net accelerates and simplifies the transformation of software applications to .NET, web, mobile, and cloud platforms. Millions of developers have used Mobilize.Net technology to successfully modernize billions of lines of code. Mobilize.Net solutions enable customers to reduce risk, cost, and time while moving applications to the platforms businesses demand today. Mobilize.Net migration technology is Microsoft's chosen solution for Visual Studio and MSDN customers. The privately-held Mobilize.Net is based in Bellevue, WA, and is led by former Microsoft Corporate Vice President, Tom Button. For more information, please go to www.mobilize.net

 

Topics: application modernization, Raj Biyani, India, IT

Modernize VB6 Code with new Mobilize.Net VB Upgrade Companion 7.0. New version cuts effort needed to move legacy apps to Windows 7, 8, or 10.

Posted by DeeDee Walsh on Wed, Feb, 17, 2016 @ 06:02 AM

Mobilize.Net announced Visual Basic Upgrade Companion version 7.0, available today, that makes big gains in improving the productivity of developers struggling to modernize legacy software applications. With the new version of VBUC, developers no longer need to have a copy of VB6 installed on their migration computer, reducing the complexity and effort needed to migrate VB6 code to modern Windows or Web.

Hundreds of thousands of developers worldwide have used VBUC to migrate billions of extant VB6 code to C# or VB.NET, making VBUC the most popular migration tool ever shipped. Prior to release, Mobilize.Net tested version 7.0 on millions of lines of real-world customer code, migrating in excess of 99.9 percent without the need for post-migration work.

Version 7 brings several new features to this popular tool, including:

  • No need for VB6 on the migration computer, eliminating the need to have a modern development system with an environment that also allowed VB6 to function. This scenario, no longer needed, was often difficult to create and time-consuming to troubleshoot.
  • Support for other (non-VB) libraries not on the development machine, a feature that enables developers to work on applications when they might not have full access to all the code.
  • Improvements to the application analysis and assessment tool, which now counts and reports on Windows APIs, designer files, and unsupported files.
  • Multiple discrete migration improvements to code generation plus dozens or coverage improvements.

VBUC Paves the Way to Mobile and Cloud

VBUC provides the best onramp to WebMAP, enabling customers to move from VB6 all the way to Web, mobile and cloud.

VBUC Is Used By Enterprises, ISVs and SIs*

Hundreds of thousands of customers have successfully used VBUC to convert code to .NET and beyond. All vertical markets are represented including healthcare, manufacturing, banking, energy and more; plus major corporations like Bank of America, Citigroup and Microsoft have used VBUC to transform large workloads to new platforms. In addition, system integrators like Avanade, Wipro GYSSA and others have found VBUC to be a very valuable tool in migrating their customers’ code to new platforms. A full list of Mobilize customers can be found at http://www.mobilize.net/resources/customer-list.

*Contact Mobilize.Net to talk with real customers.

Topics: application modernization, application migration, Windows XP, VB6, Windows 8, .NET, Windows 10, C#, VBUC

Mobilize.Net Silverlight Bridge is Released for General Availability

Posted by DeeDee Walsh on Thu, Dec, 03, 2015 @ 10:12 AM

The Silverlight bridge that helps accelerate bringing Windows Phone 8.1 apps to the Universal Windows Platform on Windows 10, is now released for general availability and can be downloaded at http://www.mobilize.net/download-silverlight-bridge.

Mobilize.Net, in partnership with Microsoft, today announced that the Silverlight bridge that helps accelerate bringing Windows Phone 8.1 apps to the Universal Windows Platform on Windows 10, is now released for general availability. Developers can download the free Visual Studio add-in at http://www.mobilize.net/download-silverlight-bridge. The Silverlight bridge jumpstarts application development and allows developers to parse and analyze current source code, automatically converting references to the Windows 10 API. The bridge currently has 2300 mappings and additional helpers to assist with this migration.

 Developers using the tool reflect its usefulness during the migration process. Here are a few quotes:

 “I was able to migrate 95% of the code for my application using the technical preview. Other than having to tweak a couple of references to the new Windows Storage model, the tool worked flawlessly.”

 “Using a new build of the tool, I had 18 errors on my solution. Fixing those 18 errors only took a few minutes rather than hours if I had to do the full port by hand.”

 “I was able to convert 3 projects with minimum manual changes, related to image resolutions that are needed for Windows 10. We are ready to continue migrating our full portfolio of Windows Phone Silverlight apps.”

 Mobilize.Net has created a wiki at https://github.com/MobilizeNet/UWPConversionMappings/wiki/Automatic- Conversion-Considerations where developers can learn more about best migration practices, common scenarios where semantic translation is required, as well as known solutions and workarounds based on community feedback.

 Since the developer preview release in mid-September, Mobilize.Net and the community have been active, adding new conversion mappings, features and improvements based on real world scenarios. Feedback from across the world drove new features and improvements. Highlights include conversion of embedded SQL to SQLite and Windows Storage libraries, optimization of the error notification process based on common scenarios and improvements for the conversion of Async methods that require additional logic. The GitHub repository which has the conversion mappings, including over 800 mappings and semantic translation helpers, which can be fully customized and improved by the development community. In addition to the mappings, helpers have been added / enhanced in the following areas: Networking, UI Navigation and Elements, Contacts and Tasks, Device properties, Phone Storage, GPS functionality.

 Download the Mobilize.Net Silverlight bridge for free at http://www.mobilize.net/download-silverlight-bridge.

Topics: Silverlight, Windows 10, Windows Phone Silverlight, UWP, Windows Universal Platform

Mobilize.Net Announces WebMAP3 Targeting AngularJS/Bootstrap

Posted by DeeDee Walsh on Wed, Nov, 11, 2015 @ 06:11 AM


THE LATEST WEBMAP PRODUCT FROM MOBILIZE.NET TRANSFORMS WINDOWS APPS INTO CLOUD-READY, NATIVE WEB APPS WITH ADAPTIVE MOBILE UI

BELLEVUE, WA – Nov 11, 2015 – Mobilize.Net today announced WebMAP3, the industry’s leading tool for mobilizing Windows applications, now targets AngularJS/Bootstrap. WebMAP3 converts classic Windows apps into modern web applications with responsive UI that scales across form factors from PCs to Macs to iPhones, iPads, and Androids. In conjunction with  the AngularJS framework, WebMAP3 uses Bootstrap, which provides contemporary CSS stylings and a responsive design. WebMAP3 lets customers take advantage of Bootstrap features like Alerts and Carousels to provide a more natural, modern web app user experience. WebMAP3 generated apps run on all industry standard browsers including IE, Chrome, Firefox, Edge, and Safari. Customers can access WebMAP3 at https://studio.mobilize.net.


"$25 billion per year. That's what IT spends annually maintaining millions of desktop apps locked onto obsolete Windows platforms," said Tom Button, CEO of Mobilize.Net. "WebMAP3 recovers the value trapped in those legacy apps through high fidelity translation of the business logic and workflows to current languages and cloud-ready architectures, while maintaining full functional equivalence. WebMAP3 is an onramp to the cloud for valuable business software."

Below is an app that was originally written in VB6. It was converted to HTML5 and JavaScript using the AngularJS UI libraries.


 Customers and Partners Choose Mobilize.Net

Mobilize.Net is the preferred choice for customers who want to modernize their client/server desktop applications to modern platforms. 80% of the Fortune 1000, including leading enterprises and ISVs, have benefited from Mobilize.Net modernization tools. Mobilize.Net technologies also help global system integrators be more competitive and provide faster service to their customers.

“The greatest value that WebMAP brings to Capita is that it reduces the time and money it takes to migrate our apps off older technologies,” said Stephen Davis, Commercial Director at Capita Insurance & Benefits Services. “Without WebMAP migration technology, we would take at least twice as long to migrate our software at more than twice the cost.  In addition, Mobilize.Net offers outstanding professional services which has helped us to complete the final mile on our software development.”

"Avanade is committed to providing our clients with superior solutions by leveraging the latest in technology,” said Rob Leach, senior director of global cloud platforms, services and offerings at Avanade, “With Mobilize.Net modernization technology, we are able to better support our clients, as they move legacy applications to mobile and cloud workloads, in their journey to become a Digital business.”

 “We live in a mobile-first, cloud-first world and nowhere is this more apparent than with our application development community,” said Mitra Azizirad, General Manager of Developer Platform Marketing and Sales at Microsoft Corp. “Mobilize.Net’s WebMAP3 modernization technology accelerates customers’ ability to move to Microsoft Azure and embrace the benefits of mobile and cloud computing.”  


 Customers can try WebMAP3 by registering for a free account at www.mobilize.net/register.

About Mobilize.Net

Mobilize.Net accelerates and simplifies the transformation of software applications to .NET, web, mobile, and cloud platforms. Millions of developers have used Mobilize.Net technology to successfully modernize billions of lines of code. Mobilize.Net solutions enable customers to reduce risk, cost, and time while moving applications to the platforms businesses demand today. Mobilize.Net migration technology is Microsoft's chosen solution for Visual Studio and MSDN customers. The privately-held Mobilize.Net is based in Bellevue, WA, and is led by former Microsoft Corporate Vice President, Tom Button. For more information, please go to www.mobilize.net


 

Topics: HTML5, C#, WebMAP3, AngularJS, C# to HTML

Eradicate VB6 Code with New Mobilize.Net VB Upgrade Companion 6.5. New version paves your escape from VB6 by increasing automation to highest levels ever.

Posted by DeeDee Walsh on Wed, Oct, 21, 2015 @ 06:10 AM

BELLEVUE, WA – Oct 20, 2015 – Mobilize.Net announced Visual Basic Upgrade Companion (VBUC) version 6.5, available today, that substantially reduces post-migration work on migrated .NET code. VBUC is the leading migration tool for converting VB6 apps to .NET and beyond. With this new version of VBUC, developers now have the fastest, most efficient and cost-effective migration tool on the market. Of the millions of lines of code that Mobilize has tested, VBUC version 6.5 has increased automation to 99.9%. No migration tool offers higher migration automation to native .NET code without runtimes, than VBUC.

With hundreds of thousands of developers using the tool and millions of projects migrated with billions of lines of code converted, VBUC is by far and away the most popular migration tool ever shipped. This new version has been tested on millions of lines of real VB6 customer code, with 99.9 percent of the lines of code compiling in Visual Studio without modification.

In addition to increasing automation and significantly improving productivity, VBUC version 6.5 also includes:

  • Performance improvements: the time it takes to do a migration on a large application has been improved by a factor of 2X and in a lot of cases 5X.
  • Large applications with complex references can now be resolved in the solution setup phase with much better results.
  • Better code readability in solutions with shared files.
  • Significant improvements in data access, both in terms of code quality and higher automation of mappings.
  • Improvements in code quality for projects migrating to VB.NET. For example, VBUC 6.5 includes myriad improvements for processing type libraries, accessing and removing collections, converting menu items in control arrays, and more.
  • Certified to fully support both Visual Studio 2015 and Windows 10.

VBUC Paves the Way to Mobile and Cloud

VBUC provides the best onramp to WebMAP, enabling customers to move from VB6 all the way to web, mobile and cloud.

VBUC Is Used By Enterprises, ISVs and SIs*

Hundreds of thousands of customers have successfully used VBUC to convert code to .NET and beyond. All vertical markets are represented including healthcare, manufacturing, banking, energy and more; plus major corporations like Bank of America, Citigroup and Microsoft have used VBUC to transform large workloads to new platforms. In addition, system integrators like Avanade, Wipro GYSSA and others have found VBUC to be a very valuable tool in migrating their customers’ code to new platforms. A full list of Mobilize customers can be found at http://www.mobilize.net/resources/customer-list.

*Contact Mobilize.Net to talk with real customers.

About Mobilize.Net

Mobilize.Net accelerates and simplifies the transformation of software applications to .NET, web, mobile, and cloud platforms. Millions of developers have used Mobilize.Net technology to successfully modernize billions of lines of code. Mobilize.Net solutions enable customers to reduce risk, cost, and time while moving applications to the platforms businesses demand today. Mobilize.Net migration technology is Microsoft's chosen solution for Visual Studio and MSDN customers. The privately-held Mobilize.Net is based in Bellevue, WA, and is led by former Microsoft Corporate Vice President, Tom Button. For more information, please go to www.mobilize.net

Topics: software development, application modernization, Visual Basic Upgrade Companion, Visual Basic, Windows XP, VB6, .NET, C#, Windows

Jumpstart migrations to Universal Windows Platform with Mobilize Silverlight Bridge Technical Preview

Posted by DeeDee Walsh on Thu, Sep, 17, 2015 @ 10:09 AM

Windows Phone 8 developers have a new, free tool in their arsenal – Mobilize.Net’s Silverlight bridge which converts Windows Phone 8 Silverlight apps to Windows 10. The tool parses and analyzes the source code of Windows Phone 8 Silverlight applications, and translates forms, controls, properties, methods, events and other APIs to their closest analog on Windows 10. While the tool won’t convert 100% of the application, it will dramatically reduce the time and effort needed for developers to move portfolios of applications to Windows 10. Typical applications will see 80% or more of their code automatically migrate to the new platform. The new applications will run on the full range of supported Windows 10 devices including PCs, phones, and IoT devices. More detailed information can be found from Microsoft at http://aka.ms/silverlightbridge.

Accelerates Migration for Maximum Developer Productivity

Mobilize.Net’s Silverlight bridge is an add-in to Microsoft Visual Studio, available for free to all developers. It transforms C# source code originally written for Windows Phone Silverlight 8.1 into source code targeting the new Universal Windows Platform, enabling the new application to run on any Windows 10 device. Leveraging the automated code analysis and transformation technology in Mobilize.Net tools, the add-in accelerates migrations, dramatically reducing cost and eliminating project risk associated with manual rewrites. Developers can download, install and use the tool directly from within Visual Studio.

“The Universal Windows Platform provides huge benefits to developers by offering a consistent app platform on every device that runs Windows 10,” said Tom Button, CEO of Mobilize.Net. “The Mobilize.Net Silverlight Bridge gives Windows Phone 8 developers a significant productivity boost by performing a semantic translation of the Windows Phone 8 app to the Universal Windows Platform. The Silverlight bridge preserves comments, variable names, and structure, so the generated source code is readable, maintainable, and fully native to the new target platform, with no runtimes. As with all Mobilize.Net tools, our goal is to provide developers the efficiency of automation, with the code craftsmanship of a manual rewrite.”

“We’re pleased to work with Mobilize.Net to help developers reuse their existing Windows Phone 8 code to target the fast growing Windows 10 ecosystem,” said Patrick Stanton, Director Product Marketing at Microsoft. “Mobilize.Net’s Silverlight bridge tool will help developers save time and resources as they adapt existing apps to take advantage of the added reach and capabilities of the Universal Windows Platform.”

Open Source Extensibility

The add-in contains a rich extensibility model open to all developers, which enables third parties to add to the library of available mappings and transformations. Developers can convert Windows Phone 8 projects (.SLN solutions) to the new UWP Visual Studio format. This feature alone saves a huge amount of time and effort. Any developer can contribute to the Mobilize UWP Bridge project and the resulting mappings are also freely available. The open source project is hosted at GitHub at https://github.com/MobilizeNet/UWPConversionMappings.

Timing and Availability

The tool is available for download immediately and includes 700 mappings. More mappings are being developed and all 1200 mappings will be completed in early November. Developers can download the tool at http://www.mobilize.net/uwp-bridge.

Topics: Silverlight, Windows 10, C#, Windows Phone, Windows Phone Silverlight, UWP, Universal Windows Platform

Mobilize.Net Collaborates With Microsoft on Tool to Accelerate Developer Adoption of Windows 10

Posted by DeeDee Walsh on Thu, Apr, 30, 2015 @ 11:04 AM

Mobilize.Net Announces Tool to Convert Windows Phone Applications to the Recently Unveiled Windows 10 Unified API

At the Microsoft Build 2015 event today, Mobilize.Net, a leading provider of application modernization products and services, announced an agreement with Microsoft Corp. to develop and release a tool that significantly accelerates conversion of applications written for Windows Phone to run on the much anticipated Windows 10 devices. The tool will parse and analyze the source code of Windows Phone Silverlight applications, and translate forms, controls, properties, methods, events and other API to their closest analog on Windows 10. This tool will dramatically reduce the time and effort needed for developers to move portfolios of applications to Windows 10. The new applications will run on the full range of Windows 10 devices including PCs, phones, and IoT devices.

“Our tools make source code mobile, so applications can efficiently move to the latest platforms without the time, cost, or risk inherent in a rewrite,” said Tom Button, CEO at Mobilize.Net. “By partnering with Microsoft, we are paving the road for apps to move quickly from Windows Phone Silverlight to Windows 10, accelerating the adoption of the new Universal Windows Platform.”

“Mobilize.Net has a long history of providing tools that help developers transform existing applications to the latest platforms,” said John Shewchuk, Technical Fellow at Microsoft. “Not only did they build the tools that migrated millions of Visual Basic developers to .NET, now they are helping .NET developers bridge their Windows Phone applications to the universal Windows platform and cloud. This new tool will enable developers to significantly accelerate their move from Silverlight Windows Phone to Windows 10.”

Migrates Apps in One Third the Time for Maximum Developer Productivity

The Mobilize.Net migration tool will be released as an add-in to Microsoft Visual Studio 2015, available for free to all Windows developers. The tool will transform C# source code originally written for Windows Phone Silverlight 8.1 into source code targeting the new Universal Windows Platform, enabling the new application to run on any Windows 10 device. Leveraging the automated code analysis and transformation technology in WebMAP2 (also announced today), this Visual Studio Add-In will enable complete migrations in a third or less of the time required for a manual rewrite, dramatically reducing cost and eliminating project risk associated with manual rewrites. Developers will be able to download, install and use the tool directly from within Visual Studio. The tool will be available for free both from the MSDN and Mobilize.Net websites.

Open Source Extensibility

The tool will contain a rich extensibility model open to all developers, which will enable third parties to add to the library of available mappings and transformations. Any developer can contribute to the project and the resulting mappings will also be freely available.

Timing and Availability

Developers can check out the demo at Build in the demo zone area on the second floor. The tool will be available first as a technical preview in Q3, 2015. Go to www.mobilize.net/BUILD to get on the list for the pre-release.  

Topics: application migration, Mobile Application Development, Windows 8, Silverlight, Windows 10, Windows Phone, Windows Phone Silverlight

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