Guidance available from Microsoft free of charge
Microsoft is offering developers free guidance on how to migrate Windows Phone applications, in particular Windows Phone 7 apps, to Windows 8.The software giant set up a webpage on the new Windows Dev Center, dedicated specially to “Migrating a Windows Phone 7 app.”
Of course, for the time being, developers will need to use the Windows 8 Developer Preview Build 8102 Milestone 3 (M3) for their projects.
“Typically, you develop an application for Windows Phone 7 by using Microsoft Silverlight and one of the managed programming languages—usually C#,” Microsoft reveals.
Microsoft stresses that the best way to port a Windows Phone 7 app to Windows 8 is to create a Metro application leveraging XAML, namely, technologies such as C++, C#, or Visual Basic.
“If you are familiar with Silverlight, you can port to a Metro style app using XAML by using familiar languages like C# or Visual Basic, and a similar set of UI elements and APIs,” the company stated.
Visual Studio 11 Developer Preview is available for download here.
Windows 8 Developer Preview Build 8102 Milestone 3 (M3) is available for download here.