Mobilize.Net's Silverlight Bridge for Universal Windows Platform is Now Generally Available

Windows Mobile
Posted 12/8/2015 12:07:02 PM by RICHARD HARRIS, Executive Editor

The Mobilize.Net Silverlight Bridge has been released for general availability. The tool significantly reduces the work involved to transform Windows Silverlight Phone 8.x code to the new Universal Windows Platform (UWP) and is offered as a free add-on for Visual Studio.

The Silverlight Bridge automates a big part of the conversion process from Windows Phone 8.x code to UWP.  As an extension to Visual Studio, the tool takes as input of existing projects for both application code and class libraries then outputs a new UWP project, converting C# and XAML files to the new UWP platform.

Mobilize.Net reports that with 2300 initial mappings the solution handles about 80% of the API frequency found in existing Silverlight Phone apps in the Windows Store. The project is also available in GitHub to help encourage publishers to develop around the solution and increase the available coverage. 

The tool works to parse and analyze the source code of an app and convert references to Universal Windows Platform. The platform provides native C# code with no runtimes and offers the following benefits:

- Convert Windows Silverlight Phone 8.1 apps to Windows 10 apps.
- Migrate workloads in 1/3 the time, 1/3 the normal cost.
- Enables the top 80% of apps to be converted 80% of the way.
- Includes mappings for top APIs and components.
- Supports open source extensibility model - anyone can contribute mapping

Using the Silverlight Bridge requires latest major Windows Update for both Phone and Desktop.
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About the author: RICHARD HARRIS, Executive Editor

As the Publisher and Editor for App Developer Magazine, Richard has several industry recognitions and endorsements from tech companies such as Microsoft, Apple and Google for accomplishments in the mobile market. He was part of the early Google AFMA program, and also involved in the foundation of Google TV. He has been developing for mobile since 2003 and serves as CEO of Moonbeam Development, a mobile app company with 200 published titles in various markets throughout the world. Richard is also the founder of LunarAds, a mobile cross-promotion and self-serv mediation network for developers. He has been a featured presenter at trade-shows and conferences, and stays active with new projects relating to mobile development.

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