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Microsoft gives up on bringing Android apps to Windows 10

Microsoft has announced it is officially cancelling a project designed to make it easy to port Android apps to Windows 10.

The Project Astoria tool was announced at Build 2015 last year and offered assistance to developers hoping to bring their wares to Microsoft’s revamped mobile OS.

Project Islandwood, a similar tool but for iOS apps will remain in play, with Microsoft deciding only one of the bridge tools is necessary based on developer feedback.

Earlier this month we showed how Project Islandwood could be used to easily port the endless runner Canabait game from iOS to Windows 10.

The decision comes just 24 hours after Microsoft announced its agreement to acquire the development platform Xamarin, which makes it easy for apps to be developed for use on iOS, Android and Windows.

Explaining its decision in a blog post (via Android Central), Microsoft wrote: ”We received a lot of feedback that having two Bridge technologies to bring code from mobile operating systems to Windows was unnecessary, and the choice between them could be confusing.

We have carefully considered this feedback and decided that we would focus our efforts on the Windows Bridge for iOS and make it the single Bridge option for bringing mobile code to all Windows 10 devices, including Xbox and PCs. For those developers who spent time investigating the Android Bridge, we strongly encourage you to take a look at the iOS Bridge and Xamarin as great solutions.”

See also: Windows 10 Mobile Review

Microsoft hopes the Xamarin acquisition will lead to more apps being developed for Windows that can, in turn, work cross platform right out of the gate.

In the blog post, the firm added: “Developers can not only reach all Windows 10 devices, but with Xamarin, they can now use a large percentage of their C# code to deliver a fully native mobile app experience for iOS and Android.”


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