Resources for iOS developers

Applies to Windows and Windows Phone

Purpose

Try the dark side?

If you are considering porting your apps, or developing new apps for Windows 8.1 or Windows Phone 8.1, then we've got your back. In this section, you'll find introductions to using Visual Studio and sample code that will make sense to you, as an iOS developer. We want you to enjoy writing apps for Windows and Windows Phone, and we think you will.

In this section

TopicDescription

Getting started

Provides a series of short, hands-on walkthroughs interspersed with concepts for iOS app developers to gain experience with using Microsoft Visual Studio 2013 to start building simple Windows Store apps.

Windows controls for iOS developers

Here's how to start using the Windows XAML controls after working with iOS.

Windows cookbook for iOS devs

Here are some common Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1 programming tasks you might be wondering how to migrate from iOS.

Recreating iOS app designs in Windows 8

Here's a look at common iOS app designs, and how they can be re-imagined in Windows 8.

Setting up your Mac

Use popular third-party solutions like Apple Boot Camp, VirtualBox, VMware Fusion, and Parallels Desktop to install Windows 8.1 and Visual Studio 2013 on your Mac.

Task mappings

Use this reference to map selected iOS development areas, frameworks, controls, and classes to equivalents for Windows Store apps and Windows Phone Store apps.

API mappings

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

Additional resources

Links to articles and videos for iOS app developers who also want to build great apps for Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1.

 

Related topics

For iOS developers
Windows 8 controls for iOS devs
Windows 8 cookbook for iOS devs
For designers and developers
Building universal Windows apps for all Windows devices
Design case study: iPad to Windows Store app
Download design assets for Windows Store apps

 

 

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