Move from Android to WinRT

Applies to Windows and Windows Phone

Why Windows?

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Are you an Android app developer? If so, you can use the info throughout this section to take your existing Android app development skills and start applying them to developing great apps for Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1. With the latest release of Visual Studio (Microsoft Visual Studio 2013 Update 2), you can also create universal Windows apps, which allow you to build apps for both desktop/tablet and phone devices in the same solution.

In this section

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Getting started

Provides a series of short, hands-on walkthroughs for Android app developers to learn to use Microsoft Visual Studio 2013 and start building simple Windows Store apps for Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1.

Creating your first Windows Store app: a tutorial for Android developers

This tutorial shows you how to create, build, and run your first Windows Store app with Visual Studio 2013. Although all developers can benefit from this tutorial, this info is presented specifically from an Android developer's perspective.

API mappings

We provide an API mapping index to help you find Android API equivalents to the Windows Runtime APIs so that you can jumpstart your development projects for Windows 8.

Task mappings

Use these resources to map selected Android development areas, API classes, and coding tasks to equivalents for Windows Store apps.

Platform mappings

Use these resources to learn about key similarities and differences between the Android and Windows 8 platforms, including key programming models and coding tasks.

Additional resources

Links to articles and blog posts for Android app developers who also want to build great apps for Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1.

 

For more great reasons to build apps for Windows devices, see Windows Store opportunity for Android developers.

Related topics

For everyone
Meet Windows Store apps
Windows Store app development: the basics
Windows 8 Product Guide for Developers
Windows 8.1 Feature Guide for Developers
For developers
Building universal Windows apps for all Windows devices
Java versus C#: an introduction
Windows Dev Camps
Windows Store App Labs
For designers and developers
Download design assets for Windows Store apps

 

 

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