No one can excuse Microsoft of not aiming high with Windows 10, and part of its grand effort meant giving developers as many tools possible for bringing existing code to the platform. As the company announced last spring, in addition to support for web apps and Win32 or .NET code, Windows 10 was going to give developers the ability to bring iOS and Android apps to the platform. For iOS, that would mean new Objective-C tools, while the Android system sounded even more turnkey, with a robust subsystem ready to largely take apps as they were. At least, that was the dream, and while the Project Islandwood iOS effort has produced some impressive results, Android’s Project Astoria appeared to be at a standstill. Today Microsoft invites us to read the writing on the wall as it admits that its Android bridge is essentially dead in the water.
While Microsoft dances around calling the project outright canceled, the company is clear that Project Astoria isn’t going anywhere:
“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.”
That Xamarin business, if you’re curious, regards a recent Microsoft acquisition, one whose resources promises to make it easier for devs to use C# code for iOS and Android projects.
Bad Android news aside, things sound like they’re going quite well for Microsoft’s other Windows 10 Bridge efforts, and the company promises a new release of its Win32/.NET tools soon.