Microsoft Stops Bridging Android Apps to Windows 10

February 29, 2016, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Developers all around had the freedom of porting their Android apps to Windows 10 easily with the help of Project Astoria. But that has now become a bygone story, as Microsoft has announced that it has stopped the support of Android app ports for Windows 10 via Project Astoria.

It’s not that Microsoft has any distaste for Android apps, and the reason behind this giving up is quite bizarre too. Apparently, the pullout has been opted by Microsoft to axe off any possible confusion of having two bridges for porting apps to Windows 10.

The other one obviously is the Windows Bridge for the iOS apps, which from now on will stand as the sole Bridge available for Windows 10 porting. We couldn’t exactly figure how the shunning of Android Bridge support will now clear the confusion for Android developers.



Android apps can still make the port via Xamarin, an app development company that has been acquired by Microsoft. But this will only widen the gap for currently existing apps to make the jump to Windows 10.

Infact, Xamarin will provide the bridge for only the newly developed apps and not the existing ones. This is because of its working variation from that of Astoria. In Xamarin, Developers are given the helping hand to switch their apps to multiple platforms by triggering a homogenized C# language at the time of development.

Apparently, the introduction of new mode only means that developers will have to take a long, difficult route to have their Android apps running on Windows 10 powered smartphones, PCs and Xbox.

Also, easy makeover of the apps via Astoria has let the developers bypass Windows optimization by simply providing the port versions. So chances are that the abandoning of Astoria could just be a cunning ploy to bring a curb on that, as mere port versions is simply not anyone would want on their OS.

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