Microsoft has abandoned Project Astoria, the plan to allow Android developers to easily port apps over to Windows 10. The announcement comes shortly after Redmond acquired Xamarin; a company that works on crossplatform development.
Originally announced at Microsoft’s Build conference last year, Project Astoria promised to provide developers with tools to quickly and easily port their apps to Windows 10 Mobile. A demo was shown on stage, although rumours quickly appeared that the project was in danger of being cancelled.
Microsoft says that the cancellation was due to receiving “feedback that having two Bridge technologies to bring code from mobile operating systems to Windows was unnecessary.”
At the moment, Microsoft will instead be concentrating on Project Islandwood; which aims to port iOS apps over to Windows 10. It sounds like both projects should be linked, as they aim to achieve similar goals. Turns out that this isn’t the case and Microsoft is pushing ahead with Project Islandwood announcements scheduled to be made at Build later this year.
Microsoft has also recently acquired Xamarin, which is a company that works on bridging apps across Android, iOS, and Windows. It might look like Microsoft will be working on bridging apps across one platform at a time. We wouldn’t be surprised if Project Astoria made a comeback at some point in the future either.
[Source: Windows Blog]