Microsoft has officially announced its conclusion in dropping its Project Astoria software tool that was originally went live last year. Tool, that was actually introduced by the Redmond-based software giant as an easiest way for developers to port existing Android apps to their new era of Windows 10 platform by utilizing the same codebase of the existing apps. Astoria By Microsoft did have plans especially for developers to quickly port iOS apps to Windows 10 phones earlier this April. But the immidiate closure ofthe project by mean represents a fairly significant setback in the company’s efforts to bolster the app offering on Windows 10 Mobile.
Microsoft’s Astoria tool would essentially do some great things behind the scenes to bridge the gap between the two platforms, resulting in an enhanced Windows 10 experience. Individuals who has used a smartphone or tablet running on Windows 10, as well as Android and iOS, will fully aware that the app selection on the former is unbelievably lacking compared to its counterparts.
Project Astoria, which as introduced alongside Project Centennial and Project Islandwood, was actually been a attempt by Microsoft totry the who;e and entice developers into releasing software onto its Store for apps by simply providing them with a relatively easy and pain free mechanism to do so. Thought that more consumers would be attracted to the Windows 10 platform and assosiated hardware.
The other two Microsoft projects are the aforementioned Project Centennial – which allows old-school software to be ported to Windows 10 – and the Project Islandwood – affords the same bridging capabilities to iOS apps – will continue to remain safe and actively going forward. As one door closes, Microsoft has another ones on effort. There’s no official word from Microsoft on why Astoria has been shutdown, would have allowed Android apps written in Java to work on Windows 10 with minimal alteration. We can only surmise that the majority of developers looking to port an app in one form or to do so forom an existing iOS codebase.
Interesting part coinsides with Microsoft’s $500 million purchase of Xamarin, which is an extreme platform that essentially a cross-platform development solution that lets developers write codebase and run that on multiple platforms, including Windows 10 and Android, iOS mobile apps. Microsoft may immidiately ceasing the Astoria project, though, it is interested investing resources elsewhere in the hope of getting more apps onto its Windows Store for apps.
Microsoft said in a blog post
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.
Insight on Windows 10 bridge, Microsoft given the fact that Web Bridge, that is used for porting apps and Cenr=tennia project used for porting existing Win32 and .NET apps, will be relativel enough for developers who looking to port app to Windows 10 platforms. Also said that its Build offers further details on Bridges, Xamarin and Universal Windows Platform at this year’s Build developer conference.
For now, we aren’t sure how many developers were actually using the Astoria bridge, but it’s still great to see Microsoft looking at an alternative method of getting a healthier app ecosystem on Windows 10, very soon.
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