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Microsoft offers iPhone to Windows Mobile porting tips

Microsoft has posted a case study on its Windows Mobile Development Center offering an example of how to port an iPhone application to Windows Mobile 6.5. The application in question, Amplitude by Luke Thompson of, allows users to enhance distant and/or quiet sounds to make them more audible to those nearby. According to a post on the Windows Mobile Blog, the app is “well suited for a porting project because it combines a rich user interface with features such as alpha blending and transparency with specific audio and sound requirements, which makes it challenging to port the app but, at the same time, provides a number of helpful learning experiences.” Some of those challenges included adding support for running in the background, accommodating keyboards, and porting the UI, since the .NET Compact Framework Thompson was using didn’t offer support for transparencies and alpha blending like the iPhone OS. Microsoft plans to open its App Store competitor Windows Marketplace for Mobile sometime this fall.

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What great timing!  I imagine that Khalid Shaikh is looking for a new platform to develop for about now…

Posted by Andy S. on August 4, 2009 at 5:17 PM (CDT)


Seriously, the problems Thompson ran into shouldn’t exist using a modern programming language.
In order to draw the GUI, he had to drop .NET and write it using GDI.

That’s like writing an app in Cocoa and having to use Carbon for the UI. (something that doesn’t have to be done in Cocoa)

No wonder Windows is so bloated and needs so much backward-compatibility.

Posted by Dan Woods on August 4, 2009 at 6:36 PM (CDT)


I bet apple will have something to say about this.

Posted by Apple Bitten on August 5, 2009 at 4:04 AM (CDT)


LOL Can you image anyone planning to release an app for a dying platform like WIndows Mobile!

Posted by Steve on August 5, 2009 at 8:53 PM (CDT)


@ Steve

Your comment is ridiculous. Dying platform? I use both devices. iPhones business functions are bad. The calender/reminder function is unusable, no repeat, no configurable snooze. No private appointments.
Search emails on server? Sort emails?
Working with office files?
The iPhone is a fantastic device and I use it everyday, but there is a lot of work to do for Apple to make the iPhone a business phone.

Posted by Sami Negm on August 8, 2009 at 1:10 AM (CDT)

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