For those of you currently developing apps for iOS, we’ve been adding lots of content to the Windows Store apps Dev Center. We’d like to help you get started building Windows Store apps, so we updated the section on Resources for iOS devs with lots of new info and sample code. We know you feel comfortable with Xcode and UIViewControllers, and we want you to feel just as comfortable with Visual Studio and XAML.
We’ve also updated the section on getting Windows running on your Mac, and with Windows 8.1 Preview available as a free download, there’s never been a better time to give it a try. Did you know you can now read our docs and watch our videos right on your iPhone or iPad?
We’ve added content to the following sections:
- Resources for iOS developers
- Getting started
- Windows 8 controls for iOS developers
- Windows 8 cookbook for iOS devs
- Recreating iOS app designs in Windows 8
We’ve focused on helping you quickly find the Windows equivalents of basic iOS tasks, from changing the appearance of buttons, to tips on using Visual Studio. We also introduce the unique Windows 8 controls in a way that hopefully makes a lot of sense if you know iOS.
One Dev Minute videos
That’s not all: we’ve been busy making videos too. They’re perfect for those times when you want a quick overview of a topic before diving into the details. This one gives an introduction to Windows 8.
This video shows how using Xcode to build iOS apps compares to using Visual Studio to build Windows Store apps.
If you like longer videos, check out the videos from Build sessions focused at developers who are familiar with iOS.
New Windows 8.1 features
We know well that you love your iOS development, and we want you to bring that same love—not to mention great design and attention to detail—to your Windows Store apps. Let us know how we can help in the comments below!
Your Windows Dev Center team