Microsoft refurbish Project Islandwood
After shutting down Project Astoria a bridge that will allow developers to port their existing Android apps easily to Windows 10, Microsoft continue with it’s sister project Project Islandwood. Project Islandwood is the Windows Bridge for iOS applications.
Microsoft continuously adding new features and improving Project Islandwood. The goal of the iOS bridge is to make it easy for iOS developers to make great Windows apps while reusing much of their existing Objective-C code and iOS development skills. Now, the company has outlined its plans on how it wants to improve the tool for developers, with the addition of new features as well as improvements to existing ones.
company revealed that the developers have been requesting complete API coverage from Microsoft’s implementation of UIKit. But it is very hard to modify it completely, and not feasible especially when Windows allows the same functionality via XAML which has been available since day one. However, Microsoft recognizes the issue and has now decided to formulate a clear method to migrate UIKit-based UIs to XAML.
So after that iOS bridge will be able to offer
- Faster bring up of iOS controls, so more of UIKit is available to you
- An improved touch-input model for more performant event handling
- Much improved support for accessibility and localization
- Better test automation, resulting in more stable and high-quality controls
- Much improved integration with and leveraging of Windows’ UI framework, XAML
In simple word UIKit will work on top of XAML from now on. Find out more details about future of the Project Islandwood at here. You can follow Project Islandwood’s development on the official GitHub page.