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

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 migrationMobile Application DevelopmentWindows 8SilverlightWindows 10Windows PhoneWindows Phone Silverlight

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