Microsoft has released tools to make it easier for Google Android and Apple iOS developers to make their apps available for Windows phones as well, in a bid to turn around its struggling smartphone unit.
Windows phones have struggled to gain any significant market share, resulting in a lack of developer support and available apps. Now, Microsoft hopes to change this, announcing the news at its developer conference Build in San Francisco.
Normally, developers would have to write separate codes for iOS, Android and Windows Apps. However, the toolkit released by Microsoft on Thursday should allow developers on rival platforms to create a Windows version of their app with "minimal code modifications."
The apps would then be distributed through Windows' own app store.