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Mobilize.NET has just released a new Visual Studio Extension preview. The package will help you convert any Windows Phone 8/8.1 Silverlight apps to the new Windows 10 Universal Windows App (UWP) format.

The program is known as Mobilize.NET Silverlight Bridge. It will allow you to transform your Windows Phone Apps into web applications so your investment remains safe during the technological shift. The new tool is a free extension of the Visual Studio which can be found on the Mobilize.net website.

Long awaited solution for developers

Microsoft´s Greg Duncan presents the new tool on the Channel9 blog with some hints on how to use it.

One of the questions I hear allot is how do you convert your Windows phone 8/8.1 Silverlight app into a Windows 10 UWP app? Is there a simple converter?

No.

But one is the works!

Mobilize.NET, the company that brought us the cool WinForm to Web App product,WebMAP2 have just released a new Visual Studio Extension that, while work-in-progress and in preview, will help you convert your WP8/8.1 Silverlight app into a W10 UWP app, with just a couple clicks.

Today marks the initial release of Mobilize.NET’s Silverlight bridge, which helps Windows Phone Silverlight app developers bring their WP Silverlight 8.x apps to the Windows 10 Universal Windows Platform (UWP). Announced at Build 2015, the Moblize.NET bridge is free and directly integrates into Visual Studio.

The bridge currently maps the 700 most used APIs and handles transitioning your manifests, APIs, XAML, NuGet package references. Once transferred to the UWP your app will work like a UWP app and will be accessible from different hardware such as PC or Xbox.

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Since many previous phone programs where written in Windows Phone Silverlight the transition to Windows 10 was seen as a challenge for many developers. Mobilize.NET will make many apps and programs and transition easily to the new UWP which will be a welcome change especially for app developers.

Converting C# and XAML files to UWP

Mobilize.NET Silverlight Bridge is a tool that takes your existing projects for both application code and class libs and outputs a new UWP project. It converts C# and XAML files to the new UWP platform. Just by loading a WSP project into Visual Studio 2015 with Mobilize SL bridge installed would create a new UWP project.

Though only 700 mappings are available for conversion is estimated that all 1200 mappings will be available by November. And if you want to help the program possesses tools for developers to customize mappings and share them with other developers.

Source: Microsoft, Mobilize.net