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Microsoft paying iPhone devs to port to Windows Phone 7?

updated 04:55 pm EDT, Mon June 14, 2010

MS hoping outright cash will get iPhone app ports

Microsoft is outright paying iPhone developers to port apps to Windows Phone 7, one account of the process claimed today. The unnamed programmer said he was offered immediate money to convert games. How much wasn't mentioned; it was "substantial" but not enough to lure over PocketGamer's source.

The practice isn't new for Microsoft, as it tried to pay for Zune HD ports last year. It didn't have much success as most of the small number of Zune apps have been made solely for Microsoft's MP3 player or else were ports of console or desktop apps, such as Audiosurf and Project Gotham Racing.

Microsoft's recruitment may show the company in a tough position as it tries to get early developers into the Windows Phone Marketplace. Many Windows Mobile apps are entirely incompatible with WP7 and themselves would need complete rewrites. Converting apps is difficult, however, as apps have to be ported from the iPhone's Objective C to C#, Silverlight and XNA. Microsoft's store policies also offer little incentive to cross over as they have the same 70/30 revenue split and app submission processes but now lack features Apple is just adding, such as multitasking.



By Electronista Staff
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  1. cal6n

    Junior Member

    Joined: Nov 2003

    +8

    OK...

    Hands up, all those who are surprised...

    No? Thought not...

  1. macnixer

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Mar 2006

    +4

    C# is not allowed

    MS does not allow third-party developers to use C#. The only option is Silverlight/XNA. Now that you would use C# in a limited sense but you cannot do things that you would do with Obj-C or, C and C++ in your code for iOS. BTW, you can actually code in C++ within Obj-C.

  1. nat

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    Joined: Mar 2002

    0

    didn't they try this with

    zune?

  1. Tanker10a

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Jan 2003

    +1

    Flattery...

    Imitation is the highest form Flattery...

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