Just over a year ago, Microsoft caused a sensation by announcing an enticing project: get Android apps running on Windows 10 and Windows 10 Mobile without any modification from their authors. While the two OS were finalized several months ago already, there is no news of this possibility. Microsoft has however just decided on the future of this support. And the news is frankly not good…
No chance : Windows 10 support for Android apps and games was simply canceled. Known under the code name “Project Astoria”, this technology aimed to make Android applications compatible with Windows 10, all using an emulation system. Consequently, the authors of the applications in question would not have had to adapt their software to the Microsoft OS. A simple upload of an APK file to the Windows Store would have been enough. A profit in time and a reduction of the development costs interesting for the developers… but Microsoft has just taken stock and announces the end of the project in these terms:
“We announced the link between Windows and Android (“ Astoria ”project) at last year’s Build conference, and some of you asked about its status. We have received a lot of comments that having two technologies to import code from mobile OS is useless, and that the choice between the two can be confusing. We have carefully reviewed these comments and have decided that we will focus our efforts on linking Windows to iOS and ensuring that there is only one possible technology for importing mobile code to Windows devices 10, which includes Xbox and PCs. For developers who have spent time studying Android Bridge, we strongly encourage them to take a look at iOS Bridge and Xamarin, which are great solutions. “
>> Read also: Windows 10: top tips and tricksConvincing the developers seems to have been the main problem encountered by Microsoft with regard to Astoria. In addition, one wonders if the support of applications planned for Android was not too complicated technically speaking, even if Bluestack It does this properly (sometimes with some serious slowdowns depending on the configuration). Unless this is a legal problem, since anyone could have released an APK, the installation files for Android applications, on the Windows Store and pretended to be its author? In the meantime, the publisher of Redmond recommends using Xamarin, a set of tools that can program an application indifferently on Andoid, iOS or Windows. This choice of development platform is not a coincidence, since Microsoft has just acquired the publisher of Xamarin.