This year’s Build was centered around the Windows 10 experience. Yes, apps are pretty important to that experience. Developers were told that if they weren’t on the boat already, they could jump on with ease with the announcement of porting and emulation bridging of iOS and Android with Windows 10 and Windows 10 Mobile. The iOS trail was dubbed Project Islandwood while Android emulation went under Project Astoria.
Unfortunately, the latter effort seems to have been stopped “indefinitely,” according to multiple insider sources. Microsoft has not communicated anything, even to privileged second parties, regarding the state or demise of Astoria since September.
Project Astoria’s early workflow let the device to run APKs directly and allowed for sideloading. Of course, with that implementation, Windows developers would have reason to jump ship and make apps for Android instead. It’s also resource-intensive on the machinery and paved the way for easy application piracy.
Since then, we’ve heard that work on Astoria has been difficult and that there could several reasons behind the radio silence. That includes developer dissatisfaction, poor performance on the Windows 10 Mobile OS and possible future legal ensnarement.
Sources also say that while it took a team of five to complete the Project Islandwood product while there may have been at least 60 people on the job for Astoria.
Porting efforts for Web apps, Win32 apps in addition to ones for iOS have been deemed fruitful and look to push through.
Source: Windows Central