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Manifold.JS: How to Build a Hosted Web App on Android, iOS, and Windows

Recently at //BUILD/ 2015, Microsoft announced manifoldJS – the simplest way to build hosted apps across platforms. While John Shewchuk, Technical Fellow and the CTO for the Microsoft Developer Platform, did a great job building a hosted web app right on-stage (you can see the recap here), I’d like to go into a bit more detail: why hosted web apps and how to build one for yourself using manifoldJS. Why Hosted and ManifoldJS? Hosted Web Apps bring the best of the web to store apps on with minimal effort. They are a great way to get more user reach with the experience you’ve already built. And when you update your web experience, your users get the same update in hosted web apps too! The problem is, until now, the hard thing about hosted apps, was how different the process is on every platform. manifoldJS changes that by putting the focus on the W3C Manifest for Web Apps – a standards-driven, open source approach for creating apps – and then uses that metadata to create a hosted native app on Android, iOS, and Windows. When a platform supports hosted apps, we build it natively and then we use Cordova to polyfill […]

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