Windows 10 Android porting bridge reportedly on hold
Microsoft is reportedly halting development of its Android app porting tool Project Astoria, according to Windows Central.
The software bridge was announced in April alongside a host of other bridges including one for porting iOS apps. The bridges were created to help spur the Windows app ecosystem to respectability against the likes of the Apple App Store and Google Play, something Microsoft has focused on with the release of Windows 10.
However, according to Window Central's unnamed sources, the project is currently on hold and possibly scrapped for good. Microsoft did not comment on whether Astoria's development was halted, but the company did tell CNET that Project Astoria "is not developing as planned," as the publication put it.
"We're committed to offering developers many options to bring their apps to the Windows Platform," a Microsoft spokeswoman told CNET. "The Astoria bridge is not ready yet, but other tools offer great options for developers."
The company had previously open-sourced its iOS-to-Windows bridge, Project Islandwood, the development of which has gone as planned. During that announcement in August, the company said it expected to release the Android bridge in public beta, but that clearly never happened.
The strategy for Project Astoria did face criticism from Windows developers, according to Windows Central. While consumers would obviously reap the benefits of having an entire catalog of Android apps potentially opened up for use, some developers who had dedicated themselves to the Windows OS thought they were getting short shrift from the company and felt alienated because of it.
All this likely means little for the stalwarts of the enterprise. Users can, of course, expect all the most popular applications they're used to on Windows 10. However, it does not particularly bode well for the health of Microsoft's app ecosystem and innovation in general for the OS.
Microsoft clearly realized it was falling behind iOS and Android when it came to attracting independent developers and tried to bridge that "app gap" with Project Astoria. Now, however, it seems a link that could have brought in new ideas via Android developers has been severed.
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