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

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."

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



1. maxha97

Posts: 100; Member since: Aug 28, 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

3. AkoSiKuting

Posts: 88; Member since: Dec 09, 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

5. sgodsell

Posts: 7431; Member since: Mar 16, 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.

6. azimesmail

Posts: 264; Member since: Nov 23, 2014

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

9. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 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.

36. Jason78

Posts: 281; Member since: Apr 10, 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.

38. DoggyDangerous

Posts: 1028; Member since: Aug 28, 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.

11. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 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.

2. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

I'd say this is good news.

20. Pavarottipig

Posts: 17; Member since: Jan 29, 2016

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

33. Penny

Posts: 1859; Member since: Feb 04, 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.

7. Ikechukwu

Posts: 252; Member since: Oct 03, 2011

Excellent! Almost anything ported is annoying AF

8. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 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...

12. HonestRealist

Posts: 196; Member since: Jan 25, 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.

13. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 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.

14. HonestRealist

Posts: 196; Member since: Jan 25, 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

16. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Cheap and good. Why pay more?

18. HonestRealist

Posts: 196; Member since: Jan 25, 2016

Since when has cheap and quality gone together?

23. TerryTerius unregistered

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.

27. HonestRealist

Posts: 196; Member since: Jan 25, 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.

31. Jason2k13

Posts: 1466; Member since: Mar 28, 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?

35. sgodsell

Posts: 7431; Member since: Mar 16, 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.

40. cdgoin

Posts: 614; Member since: Jul 28, 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.

15. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Yeah, such horrible vetting process that makes them "fragmented and poor quality" Android apps less prone to crashing compared to iOS ( | legit.

17. HonestRealist

Posts: 196; Member since: Jan 25, 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.

19. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 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.

22. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 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: Nothing to do with the quality of apps you dummy...

24. HonestRealist

Posts: 196; Member since: Jan 25, 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.

28. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I rather be ignorance than unhappy. Lol! Why blame user when Windows 10 is launched broken?

30. HonestRealist

Posts: 196; Member since: Jan 25, 2016

Good news for you then: Ignorance is bliss :)

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