Jean-Cristophe Cimetiere, Microsoft’s Senior Technical Evangelist for Interoperability, unveiled the porting tool in a post to the Windows Team blog last week. The tool comes as part of a interoperability package designed to help iOS developers “leverage [their] iPhone development expertise to build Windows Phone 7 applications.”
Microsoft, like RIM, Adobe, and almost everyone else, hasn’t figured out yet that porting tools are not going to cut it in the mobile software space. You need NATIVE apps to compete with iOS, period. And most iOS developers know this. The good ones do, anyway.
So at best, Microsoft stands to gain the worst of the iOS developers; the ones making crap apps, game guides, all the stuff most of us wish Apple wouldn’t approve in the App Store. That sounds like a real recipe for success.