Windows Phone 8 gets boost from inclusion in cross-platform development tools

Companies like Sencha and Xamarin will allow developers to write apps for Windows Phone 8 and other operating systems at the same time

Cross-platform development frameworks such as Apache Cordova, Sencha Touch and Xamarin.Mobile are all compatible with Windows Phone 8, making it easier to create apps for the new OS while at the same time developing apps for other platforms.

This is the first time so many open-source and cross-platform frameworks are on board with Windows Phone on the first day of a new SDK version release, according to a blog posted by Olivier Bloch, technical evangelist at Microsoft.

Today, Apple's iOS the first choice for developers, followed by apps for smartphones based on Android. Anything that can be done to lower the bar for developers to also include Windows Phone 8 is a boost for the new operating system.

Cross-platform tools can do that by allowing developers to write code for multiple operating systems at the same time.

For example, when accessing the camera, developers can code to a single Xamarin.Mobile API (application programming interface) that will work for iOS, Android, and Windows platforms instead of writing platform-specific code for each operating system.

On Tuesday, at Microsoft's Build developer conference, Xamarin launched a new version of Mobile which is compatible with Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8, as well as the latest versions of iOS and Android.

Windows Phone 8 will soon also be part of Apache Cordova and Sencha Touch. Users of the latter are bullish about Microsoft's new OS -- nearly 50 percent said they are planning to build apps for Windows Phone 8-based devices in the next six to 12 months, according to a Sencha blog post.

On Tuesday, Tony Garcia, Unity Technologies executive vice president of business development, took to the stage at the Build conference to show his company's commitment to Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8 and developers that want to create games for them.

The company is currently deep into development of the Windows Phone 8 deployment add-on, it said, but didn't detail when it would become generally available.

Game engine Cocos2D, 3D engine Ogre3D, cross-platform development tool Trigger.io and SharpDX, which is used to develop high performance game, 2D and 3D graphics, will also support Windows Phone 8.

These announcements are just the beginning, and Microsoft wants to continue to help open-source developers enable their frameworks on Windows Phone 8, according to Bloch's blog post.

Windows Phone 8 was officially announced on Monday, and the first phones based on the OS will go on sale this week. The line-up of new smartphones include Nokia Lumia 920 and 820; the Samsung Ativ S; and HTC's Windows Phone 8X and 8S.

Send news tips and comments to mikael_ricknas@idg.com

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Mikael Ricknäs

IDG News Service
Topics: Sencha, application development, Unity Technologies, Mobile OSes, smartphones, Xamarin, software, mobile, Windows Phone, Development tools, consumer electronics, Microsoft
Comments are now closed.

Latest News Articles

Most Popular Articles

Follow Us

GGG Evaluation Team

Kathy Cassidy

STYLISTIC Q702

First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.

Anthony Grifoni

STYLISTIC Q572

For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.

Steph Mundell

LIFEBOOK UH574

The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.

Andrew Mitsi

STYLISTIC Q702

The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.

Simon Harriott

STYLISTIC Q702

My first impression after unboxing the Q702 is that it is a nice looking unit. Styling is somewhat minimalist but very effective. The tablet part, once detached, has a nice weight, and no buttons or switches are located in awkward or intrusive positions.

Resources

Best Deals on GoodGearGuide

Compare & Save

Deals powered by WhistleOut
WhistleOut

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?