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Move from iOS to WinRT

[This article is for Windows 8.x and Windows Phone 8.x developers writing Windows Runtime apps. If you’re developing for Windows 10, see the latest documentation]

Why Windows?

If you are considering porting your apps, or developing new apps for Windows 8.1 or Windows Phone 8.1, then we've got your back. In this section, you'll find introductions to using Visual Studio and sample code that will make sense to you, as an iOS developer. We want you to enjoy writing apps for Windows and Windows Phone, and we think you will.

In this section

Topic Description

Getting started

Provides a series of short, hands-on walkthroughs interspersed with concepts for iOS app developers to gain experience with using Microsoft Visual Studio 2013 to start building simple Windows Store apps.

Windows controls for iOS developers

Here's how to start using the Windows XAML controls after working with iOS.

Windows cookbook for iOS devs

Here are some common Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1 programming tasks you might be wondering how to migrate from iOS.

Recreating iOS app designs in Windows 8

Here's a look at common iOS app designs, and how they can be re-imagined in Windows 8.

Setting up your Mac

Use popular third-party solutions like Apple Boot Camp, VirtualBox, VMware Fusion, and Parallels Desktop to install Windows 8.1 and Visual Studio 2013 on your Mac.

Task mappings

Use this reference to map selected iOS development areas, frameworks, controls, and classes to equivalents for Windows Store apps and Windows Phone Store apps.

Additional resources

Links to articles and videos for iOS app developers who also want to build great apps for Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1.


For iOS developers

Windows 8 controls for iOS devs

Windows 8 cookbook for iOS devs

For designers and developers

Building Universal Windows apps for all Windows devices

Design case study: iPad to Windows Store app

Download design assets for Windows Store apps