After several months of speculation, Microsoft has officially cancelled it’s plans to allow developers port their existing Android apps easily to Windows 10. This plan was first revealed at the 2015 Build developer conference and was dubbed “Project Astoria”.
Having an Android device is like having all apps at your finger tips, Microsoft lacked this (well not completely, but compared to Android the company is way behind). Microsoft then announced four ways developers can port apps from other platforms to Windows 10; Web (Westminster), Win32 (Centennial), iOS (Islandwood) and Android (Project Astroia), however, Project Astoria which ports Android to Windows is officially off the list.
The iOS bridge still exists and Microsoft intends to focus on it, the iOS Bridge enables developers to port their iOS apps to Windows, instead of having one each for iOS and Android (having two Bridge technologies to bring code from mobile operating systems to Windows could be “confusing”), Microsoft then decided to go with Islandwood and cancel Project Astoria.
Microsoft also recently acquired the company Xamarin which allows developers to create and manage cross-platform apps (lets developers write their apps in one language and then customize it for different platforms). According to Microsoft this would be a good alternative to Astoria.
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