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Intel to assist Microsoft to better integrate its Objective-C code

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April 26, 2016

It's reported this morning that Intel is to assist Microsoft to integrate its so-called 'Windows Bridge for iOS' project, starting with APIs for vector math, matrix math, digital signal processing (DSP) and image processing.

According to an announcement posted at Microsoft, Intel wants to make sure that developers working in Objective-C can run their code on Intel-based Windows 10 devices as seamlessly as possible.

Still described as a preview at Github, the Windows Bridge for iOS's first release was actually nine months ago.

The Microsoft open source project is an Objective-C development environment for Visual Studio with support for iOS APIs.

Intel's very first contribution to the project, the Accelerate framework, targets scientific computing requirements, including audio and image filters.

The Microsoft post, by Intel's engineering manager Simonjit Dutta and Microsoft program manager Nick Gerard, outlines a demo with code samples for image manipulation using Objective-C code and Accelerate framework APIs, running on Windows 10.

The post also calls out contributions including BLAS (Basic Linear Algebra Subprograms) APIs, accelerometer APIs, and gyroscope APIs, and promises that Intel will make other contributions to the project in the near future as well.

As we noted when the bridge was first released a while back, it's a fairly straightforward toolset that includes an Objective-C compiler that will be integrated with a future version of Visual Studio, an Objective-C runtime for Windows that provides functions like message passing and automatic reference counting, and a set of header files and libraries that make available a subset of the iOS APIs.

Eight weeks ago, Microsoft decided that its parallel project, an Android bridge for Windows, wasn't what the world wanted and scrapped it. We'll keep you posted on these and other news as they happen.

Source: Microsoft.

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