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Microsoft kills plan to support developers porting Android apps to Windows 10 devices

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Microsoft kills plan to support developers porting Android apps to Windows 10 devices
Microsoft has put the kibosh on "Project Astoria." This plan was going to allow developers to port over Android apps to Windows 10 devices including Windows 10 Mobile, using bridge tools. "Project Astoria" was introduced last year at the 2015 Build conference alongside "Project Islandwood." The latter allows developers to port over iOS apps to Windows 10 devices (including Xbox and PCs). "Project Islandwood" is still alive.

But Microsoft decided that having two Windows Bridges focused on moving apps from mobile operating systems to Windows 10, was one too many. The company is suggesting that with Project Astoria dead, developers take a look at the iOS Bridge instead. Microsoft also pointed out that it recently acquired Xamarin. The latter's approach will allow developers "to share common app code across Windows, iOS, and Android apps while still delivering fully-native experiences for each of the platforms."

"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."-Microsoft

Microsoft does have a couple of tools for those developers who write for the desktop, such as The Web Bridge and "Project Centennial." Microsoft also hopes to bring everyone up to date at the 2016 Build developer conference, which will be held in San Francisco from March 30th through April 1st this year.

source: Windows via AndroidCentral

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posted on 25 Feb 2016, 22:46 2

1. maxha97 (Posts: 93; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)


It can be sad news for window mobile user but in longrun it can be good for windows ecosystem because there will be more window's based quality apps

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 23:13 4

3. AkoSiKuting (banned) (Posts: 88; Member since: 09 Dec 2015)


sad news for win mobile, but good for tablets period.
Android tablet is for cheap junk with no productivity compared to M$ win10 tab enough said

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 23:19 8

5. sgodsell (Posts: 3389; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


Oh, is that why Microsoft themselves added their own productivity tools on Android phones and tablets. BTW Android tablets still sell more tablets than Windows tablets or Apples tablets. 100% a fact jack.

Also Microsoft didn't want to add an Android runtime on their platforms, because developers could just make apps for Android and the apps would work on Windows as well. So then why would developers make apps for Windows then.

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 23:22

6. azimesmail (Posts: 131; Member since: 23 Nov 2014)


Well that's mostly because there's 100 times more models of Android tablets compared to iOS and Windows.

posted on 26 Feb 2016, 00:21

9. joey_sfb (Posts: 5441; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


Microsoft 365 Android apps are actually good. I am using it as my daily driver.

Quite confuse with their business strategy. They are build apps and tools to replace their desktop counterparts. In fact seem like their high priority.

posted on 26 Feb 2016, 10:31 1

36. Jason78 (Posts: 237; Member since: 10 Apr 2013)


That isn't odd at all. Mobile computing is rapidly replacing desktop computing in everything but business use. They need to move in the direction the market is moving.

posted on 26 Feb 2016, 15:05

38. DoggyDangerous (Posts: 784; Member since: 28 Aug 2015)


microsoft should kill windows for mobiles. Plz free your fans microsoft. Otherwise they will keep expecting forever that you will come up with something great and thats never gonna happen.

posted on 26 Feb 2016, 00:39 1

11. NoToFanboys (Posts: 1221; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


AkoSiKuting official format:
first line must have "period" at the end.
second line must have "enough said" at the end.
finally, must say something hypocritical/BS.

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 22:57 2

2. Arch_Fiend (Posts: 2274; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


I'd say this is good news.

posted on 26 Feb 2016, 01:29 1

20. Pavarottipig (Posts: 17; Member since: 29 Jan 2016)


A better idea!!!. Microsoft give up Windows Phone :)

posted on 26 Feb 2016, 03:49 1

33. Penny (Posts: 1647; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)


Unfortunately, it is apparent that the majority of people here just read the titles of articles, which in this case is terribly misleading.

The real story is that Microsoft is going strong with its efforts in creating bridges from both iOS and web apps. Having a proper bridge from iOS arguably makes a bridge from Android redundant, not to mention eliminating the complications with Google Play. Microsoft also now has Xamarin that it will be leveraging.

The news today was overwhelmingly GOOD for Windows, but as is often the case, efforts to sensationalize the title resulted in a summary that entirely misses the point.

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 23:17 8

4. someone12 (Posts: 177; Member since: 28 Aug 2015)


Microsoft = failure

posted on 26 Feb 2016, 02:08 2

25. yoosufmuneer (Posts: 1498; Member since: 14 Feb 2015)


*When it comes to Mobile.

posted on 26 Feb 2016, 02:56

29. SIGPRO (Posts: 1389; Member since: 03 Oct 2012)


Yes and you are a bigger failure!

posted on 27 Feb 2016, 11:23 1

39. 87186 (Posts: 267; Member since: 01 Aug 2014)


92 percent of the PC market...yea huge failure.

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 23:34

7. Ikechukwu (Posts: 201; Member since: 03 Oct 2011)


Excellent! Almost anything ported is annoying AF

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 23:42 1

8. MrElectrifyer (Posts: 2416; Member since: 21 Oct 2014)


The iOS version still stands, and it makes sense considering Windows Phone isn't advanced enough to utilize many Android apps, including launchers, system-wide automators, widgets, etc. Also, almost every app (except the above mentioned types) on Android have an iOS counter-part, so, just encouraging devs to bring their apps from iOS instead of Android...

posted on 26 Feb 2016, 00:42 2

12. HonestRealist (Posts: 196; Member since: 25 Jan 2016)


No, it is Android's horrible vetting process and the fear that these apps will also end up in WP store. Fragmented, poor quality, ad ridden, mal and spyware infested pieces of s**t. Who in their right minds would want to expose their customers to that? Except Google and their fleet of 2000+ OEMS using their software of course.

posted on 26 Feb 2016, 00:52 1

13. joey_sfb (Posts: 5441; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


Because people still buy Android phone and tablet at the end of the day. I using my Galaxy Tab more and more, thanks to Microsoft putting their high quality apps there.

Galaxy Tab S is so much lighter than my DELL 7140.

posted on 26 Feb 2016, 01:04

14. HonestRealist (Posts: 196; Member since: 25 Jan 2016)


80% of the planet buy's android, know why? 95% of Androids lineup across all OEMS are low-mid range, cheap pieces of s**t

posted on 26 Feb 2016, 01:11 2

16. joey_sfb (Posts: 5441; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


Cheap and good. Why pay more?

posted on 26 Feb 2016, 01:19

18. HonestRealist (Posts: 196; Member since: 25 Jan 2016)


Since when has cheap and quality gone together?

posted on 26 Feb 2016, 01:52 2

23. TerryTerius (Posts: 1603; Member since: 10 Apr 2014)


There are quite a few inexpensive Android phones you can buy that are pretty good handsets. The Moto G, Idol 3, Zefone 2 or Oneplus X are good examples of that.

posted on 26 Feb 2016, 02:21

27. HonestRealist (Posts: 196; Member since: 25 Jan 2016)


I heard Oneplus makes great products, I also know that they (the creators) use Apple products. Apparently their ambition was to bring iOS quality to the Android world at low costs. I can't help but respect that ambition. But still, with all the brands mentioned above, (personally) I would rather use a Nokia 2110 than use any of them.

posted on 26 Feb 2016, 03:09 1

31. Jason2k13 (Posts: 1178; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)


I guess idiots like you thinks the whole world can afford high end devices, and im guessing you've tried all android low-mid range devices to come to a conclusion that they are all s**t?

posted on 26 Feb 2016, 08:41

35. sgodsell (Posts: 3389; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


Don't bother with HonestRealist. He hates Android period, and is not honest at all. First of all project Astoria was an Android runtime which would allow even ordinary Android apps from the Google Play store to run (1.8 million apps). However Microsoft realized that if they allowed an Android runtime to work and run on Microsoft platforms, then people could just make Android apps and skip making Microsoft specific apps altogether. Even though Microsoft came up with Universal apps it would be a joke because Android would be more Universal than anything that Microsoft offered. Think about it, Microsoft's Universal apps only work on Microsoft platforms only. If project Astoria was kept alive, then Microsoft would be contributing to keep Android alive as well. Microsoft has always been about its own platforms and products. Microsoft only made Windows free on certain sized devices to try and combat Android and its OEMs. Microsoft has been going after Android OEMs and forcing them to install Microsoft apps on their Android devices. 100% a fact.

posted on 29 Feb 2016, 06:40

40. cdgoin (Posts: 512; Member since: 28 Jul 2010)


Actually this makes some sense but not for the reasons you mention. MS loves Android.. its pure profit for them due to patent agreements. They do want universal apps though, and thats more to keep Win10 relevant and so they can get in more ARM based apps.

posted on 26 Feb 2016, 01:05 1

15. MrElectrifyer (Posts: 2416; Member since: 21 Oct 2014)


Yeah, such horrible vetting process that makes them "fragmented and poor quality" Android apps less prone to crashing compared to iOS (bit.ly/1G1NSko | bit.ly/1Gtfq6n)...seems legit.

posted on 26 Feb 2016, 01:15

17. HonestRealist (Posts: 196; Member since: 25 Jan 2016)


And you missed yesterday's article stating that is the fault if the users for not updating the apps right? Clearly, someone is shooting blanks in the dark.

posted on 26 Feb 2016, 01:23 1

19. joey_sfb (Posts: 5441; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


Agree. Its user fault that they choose Android. LOL!

I can use any platform. Just that my Android tablet is the lightest device for me to carry around.

posted on 26 Feb 2016, 01:46 1

22. MrElectrifyer (Posts: 2416; Member since: 21 Oct 2014)


Haha, you sure forgot the Dis in your name. That article was about 3/4 returned devices being due to user action instead of an actual problem with the device:

http://www.phonearena.com/news/3-out-of-4-returned-smartphones-have-no-problem-except-for-user-behavior_id78699

Nothing to do with the quality of apps you dummy...

posted on 26 Feb 2016, 01:56

24. HonestRealist (Posts: 196; Member since: 25 Jan 2016)


Re read what you just typed. Then soak up your ignorance. I can't even begin to explain how stupid you are with your directly contradicting posts just a few minutes apart.

posted on 26 Feb 2016, 02:53

28. joey_sfb (Posts: 5441; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


I rather be ignorance than unhappy. Lol!

Why blame user when Windows 10 is launched broken?

posted on 26 Feb 2016, 03:00

30. HonestRealist (Posts: 196; Member since: 25 Jan 2016)


Good news for you then: Ignorance is bliss :)

posted on 26 Feb 2016, 03:17

32. joey_sfb (Posts: 5441; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


You could too! I always condition myself to be a fanboy of my self interest.

I buy Intel because Intel is number one. I buy Microsoft when they are number one. Now it's Android. I am prepared to embrace the next leading platform as long as it serve my interest.

posted on 26 Feb 2016, 00:29

10. joey_sfb (Posts: 5441; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


Supporting Android at the development level may have licensing matter. Like what Remix OS encounter. They need to release a portion of their source code due to their Android Open Source obligation.

posted on 26 Feb 2016, 01:45 1

21. darealist (Posts: 105; Member since: 25 Feb 2015)


They are just being realists. Take a look at iOS and Google Play store. Millions of shovelwares and only a single digit AAA quality software that's worth a damn. There's nearly no apps that's worth the effort to port over a virtually dead playform.

posted on 26 Feb 2016, 02:16

26. yoosufmuneer (Posts: 1498; Member since: 14 Feb 2015)


Windows Tablets FTW. The Only problem is that they need more power and doesn't run well on lower end hardware and also I wish they brought Windows 8 style interface to make it more touch friendlier than W10 tablet mode

posted on 26 Feb 2016, 05:04

34. Zylam (Posts: 667; Member since: 20 Oct 2010)


Not surprised in the least. Microsoft knows Windows Phone/Mobile is dead, they are just supporting it's minor bit of existence because they need to have something in the mobile space for marketing and some have said for patients. Also it would leave a gap in their overall ego system if they removed windows phone/Mobile all together.

What happening is interesting, they are focusing on Android and iOS, slowly building a ego system of Ms services on top, and eventually when it's mature enough they will probably just promote their services regardless of ego system, that way they won't have a subpar mobile experience to promote.

Ms has conceded defeat in the mobile space in regards to having its own ego system.

posted on 26 Feb 2016, 11:00

37. cdgoin (Posts: 512; Member since: 28 Jul 2010)


Why is this suddenly news, I think they let go of all those working in this dept a few months ago. Its not new news.

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