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Mobilize.Net Releases Updated Silverlight Migration Tools for Microsoft Visual Studio 2017

Posted by DeeDee Walsh on Wed, Apr, 05, 2017 @ 09:04 AM

Silverlight bridge and Silverlight desktop support Visual Studio 2017 with additional functionality to speed up migrations to Windows 10, the web and cloud

Bellevue, WA – Apr 5, 2017 – Mobilize.Net today released an update to its Silverlight migration tools for Visual Studio 2017. In the latest update Silverlight bridge and Silverlight desktop provide full support for Visual Studio 2017 both in source code compliance and in generating VS2017 solutions. In addition, both tools have been enriched with additional artificial intelligence features that make more informed decisions on the Silverlight code ensuring that the resulting code is cleaner and faster. Mobilize Silverlight tools are available at https://www.mobilize.net/silverlight.

Mobilize.Net helps companies move critical code to .NET, to the web, to mobile devices and to the cloud. Every day thousands of developers use Mobilize.Net modernization tools to transform important line-of-business applications from old systems to modern platforms.

“Silverlight has been a popular development platform for Microsoft customers but its ability to run in a browser was made possible by the dangerous Netscape API plugin architecture (NSAPI) which is no longer supported by virtually all browsers.,” said Tom Button, CEO of Mobilize.Net. “Mobilize Silverlight migration tools provide a significant kickstart that enables developers to transform their code in less than half the time of a manual rewrite. And of course, a migration is much cheaper too.”

Mobilize Migrations Pave the Way to Mobile and Cloud

Mobilize tools which provide migrations from VB6, PowerBuilder, Silverlight and more enable customers to move all the way to web, mobile and cloud via additional automation.

Mobilize Tools Used By Enterprises, ISVs and SIs*

Hundreds of thousands of customers have successfully used Mobilize tools to convert code to .NET, web, 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, Infosys, Wipro and others have found Mobilize tools 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.

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: Silverlight, Silverlight bridge, Windows 10, HTML5, Windows Phone Silverlight, Visual Studio 2017

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

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

Mobilize.Net Launches WebMAP2 Cloud-Based App Analysis and Migration Solutions on Studio.Mobilize.Net

Posted by DeeDee Walsh on Thu, Apr, 30, 2015 @ 00:04 AM

On-Demand Application Analysis and Migration Services Now Available Online.

Includes Instant PoCs with Before and After Code Compare and UI Previews.

Mobilize.Net today announced that WebMAP2, the industry’s leading tool for mobilizing Windows applications, is now available in the cloud, on-demand, at studio.mobilize.net. In its latest update, WebMAP2 delivers detailed application analytics and visualization, a graphical summary of the readiness of the application for automated migration to mobile, web, and cloud, and instant proofs of concepts previewing generated code, app architecture, and migrated user interface. Developers can try it for free at studio.mobilize.net and experience WebMAP2 first-hand.

“The most common question we hear from customers is ‘should I replace or rewrite my classic Windows applications, or can I bring them forward to the world of web, mobile, and cloud?’ WebMAP2 answers the question by providing powerful application analysis instantly, online,” said Tom Button, Mobilize.Net CEO. “Customers can immediately gain insight into what it takes to migrate their code to web, mobile, and cloud. Then with the full support of Mobilize.Net’s more than 20 years of experience, their project is guaranteed to be 100% successful: on-time, on-budget, functionally equivalent, and performant.”

Key features and updates in WebMAP2 include:

Convenient, On-Demand, Self-Serve Portal – Available 24/7

  • Analyze Applications Before Migrating. Analyze applications and get free reports on
    • Application size and structure
    • Dependency graph
    • References to external resources
    • Controls and UI components used
    • APIs accessed per control
    • Readiness analysis for move to HTML5

Webmap2_pie_readiness

  • Preview Migrated Applications
    • Compare original and migrated code side-by-side to see readability, maintainability
    • Inspect converted application structure and architecture before full migration is complete
    • See preview of the raw HTML rendering of converted forms with mapped controls

Automated Web App Creation with Modern Web Architecture

WebMAP2 refactors C#/Winforms applications to modern, industry standard, cloud-ready MVC web architecture supporting mobile HTML5 clients. Apps delivered by WebMAP2 are architecturally clean without proprietary runtimes. The migrated mobile applications can be run on premise or deployed to the cloud. In addition, WebMAP2 preserves variable names, comments, and structure, ensuring readability and maintainability of the resulting application. Customers starting from VB6 can use WebMAP2 also, using Mobilize.Net’s latest VBUC as the first pass.

Customers and Partners Rely on Mobilize.Net Modernization

Organizations are using WebMAP2 to accelerate the adoption of modern platforms. Prior to its broad release, WebMAP2 has been used to successfully migrate more than 10 million lines of C#/Winforms code and tens of thousands of Windows forms to HTML5. As a result, WebMAP2 includes thousands of mappings, support for hundreds of the most common controls, to generate native HTML5. Companies using WebMAP2 range from insurance to healthcare to financial services to manufacturing.

  • ROI for WebMAP2*
    • A leading restaurant chain with a massive delivery business had an unwieldy VB6 application that required complicated maintenance and installation. The company had attempted to rewrite the application three prior times but had repeatedly failed. By using WebMAP2, the company not only got its app up and running within three months, but also met all of its performance and reliability metrics – important when any delay or downtime translates to millions of dollars of lost revenue.
    • One of the world’s largest asset tracking companies chose to use WebMAP2 to migrate their asset tracking system after evaluating the cost and time of doing a manual rewrite. Realizing that a manual rewrite would take at least 3X the money and would double the time it would take to get to market, the company was able to save more than $5M and estimated they beat a manual rewrite by more than a year.
    • One of the world’s largest software companies used WebMAP2 to migrate a large, complicated but unscalable line-of-business order entry application that accounts for $800M of revenue. With WebMAP2, the application was migrated and running on the new platform in three months vs a year. In addition to saving $3M via WebMAP2, the company also protected itself from lost revenues from an obsolete architecture.
    • A leading provider of healthcare management solutions had a mission-critical application that was tethered to a proprietary browser – which complicated portability and also caused issues with Meaningful Use compliance. The company had tried unsuccessfully to rewrite the application but ultimately turned to WebMAP2 counting on its reputation for 100% success.
    • One of the world’s leading providers of financial services technology had multiple versions of a tax application running on obsolete technology and facing government compliance issues. By using WebMAP2 to migrate the code base to HTML5, the company saved over $4M plus at least a year of development time.

“In order to stay relevant in today’s mobile-first, cloud first world, enterprises everywhere are looking to transform their legacy applications,” said Mitra Azizirad, General Manager of Developer Platform Marketing and Sales at Microsoft Corp. “Microsoft Azure, combined with Visual Studio and Mobilize.Net’s modernization technology and expertise, help accelerate our customers’ process of moving their applications to the cloud.”  

"Pruvo’s mission is to ensure software quality from end to end and we identified Mobilize.Net as the best market solution for migration. Together, we can empower our customers so they are able to preserve previous investments and knowledge, opening doors to a wide range of technologies as web, mobile and cloud. WebMAP2 provides code quality and reduces the time and cost of moving applications to modern platforms. We look forward to continued collaboration in this great partnership with Mobilize.Net ", said André Sorpreso, general manager at Pruvo.

“At Crosslake Technologies, it’s important for us to provide premier services to our customers, said Russ Albright, Principal at Crosslake Technologies. “Mobilize.Net WebMAP2 has provided real value to us, helping us to manage large projects and ensure 100% customer satisfaction. We look forward to continuing to partner with Mobilize.Net to help customers accelerate the move to cloud-enabled mobile platforms.”

*Contact Mobilize.Net to talk with real customers.

Topics: manual rewrite, application modernization, application migration, Visual Basic, HTML5, Mobile Application Development, MVC, convert Windows to Web, Windows 10

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