Relatively few applications have been released for Windows 8’s Metro UI. Microsoft has unveiled a strategy that it hopes will prevent the same happening with Windows 10: the company will make it easy to port apps from iOS and Android.
This doesn’t mean someone will be able to install any application written for the iPad onto a Surface 3. The developer of the software will have to recompile the source code for Windows. But Microsoft’s goal is to make this a simple process.
iOS developers will be able to use their Objective C code, and Android developers will be able to use Java and C++ code, to create Windows 10 applications.
The Objective C compiler is already available, and to encourage its use Microsoft said at its Build 2015 developers conference that the creators of Candy Crush are using the tool to port this wildly-popular game from iOS to the new platform.