Last year, Microsoft revealed a very interesting project named Project Astoria, with the intent of bridging the Android and Windows 10 environments and turning Android apps into universal Windows app that could run all Windows devices. Unfortunately, it seems like Project Astoria is no more.
With a recent blog post, Microsoft’s Kevin Gallo, has revealed more on the company’s current feelings on Project Astoria and Project Islandwood, and on how they will proceed in the future regarding the matter.
“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.”
With Microsoft planning to take advantage of Xamarin, it will be interesting to see how the whole bridging matter develops. Letting apps gain a wider audience is a definite a good thing for both developers and audience and, despite Microsoft’s change of plans with Project Astoria, it seems like there will be plenty of ways of bringing Android apps to Windows devices in the future.