Microsoft is seeking to convince Apple developers to port iPad applications over to the Metro environment in an attempt to build up the application ecosystem for Windows 8 ahead of its launch later this year.
Availability of applications is likely to be crucial for the success of the Metro-style user interface that Microsoft is introducing for Windows 8, along with the associated WinRT application programming interfaces (APIs) that are intended to offer better support for mobile battery-powered devices such as tablets.
In an apparent effort to capitalise on the wide support already available for Apple's iPad tablet, Microsoft has published resources on its Windows 8 Developer Center aimed at helping developers translate their work across into Windows 8 Metro-style apps.
The content, which is subject to change, walks through the design processes involved in building a sample photo journal app, showing the iPad and Windows 8 versions side by side.
However, the article is also touted as a broader introduction on how to produce a modern consumer application optimised for a touchscreen interface.
"Even if you've never built an iPad app in the first place it's still very much worth a detailed read because it walks around the thought process involved in putting an application together and brings to life some of the Metro style application principles," Microsoft's Mike Taulty wrote on the MSDN UK Team blog.
The Metro-style programming model is a major break from the existing development model for Windows applications, emphasising web-based technologies to enable apps that can run across both x86 and ARM versions of Windows 8.
Traditional Windows applications will still run on Windows 8, but are relegated to a legacy desktop environment separate from the home screen.
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