Microsoft’s plan of bringing Android apps to Windows 10 was gone away. Started in April, rumors began spreading that Microsoft featured Windows 10 ability to run Android apps. The tech giant also announced that developers would be able to run iOS and Android and apps on Windows with minimal reworking.
But its seems like Microsoft is just focusing on a half of that announcement. They are still working to bring iOS apps to Windows, but they ignore on Android porting.
In the past, Microsoft introduced the Windows Bridge for Android with the code name – Project Astoria. As a part of big plan, the software giant is expected to make it come real.
But sadly, Microsoft has already confirmed that Project Astoria which lets Android apps easily run on Windows 10 is “not ready”.
Microsoft has already confirmed that Project Astoria which lets Android apps easily run on Windows 10 is “not ready”
Eventhough Microsoft hasn’t said the project is in trouble, the developers complained that it still isn’t available (unlike the other apps). In addition, Windows Central revealed that Microsoft has removed employees from the Android porting team, developer forums of Project Astoria then have gone dark. More importantly, it has canceled the subsystem that make it possible for Android apps to run on Windows. From its final version of Windows 10 Mobile, Microsoft had raised many arguments about performance-related issues, security concerns, and a general wariness of app piracy. The reasons are unclear, but it seems performance and security were concerns.
In contrast, the “Project Islandwood” tool for iOS commands the apps be reworked and recompiled before they can be imported to Windows. With this tool, users will be provided high-quality apps that take advantage of Windows 10 features. In fact, this tool is reportedly will be available on the next Facebook app for Windows 10 in near future.
Microsoft still doesn’t confirm the future of Android tool, whether it has been fully killed off of not. However, among lines of the company’s official comment, users can easily get some hints, such as “The Astoria bridge is not ready yet,” or “other tools offer great options” for developers. The example given for those other great tools is Microsoft’s iOS bridge. Microsoft also says it’s “committed to offering developers many options to bring their apps to the Windows Platform, including bridges available now for Web and iOS, and soon Win32.” These claims proved that Microsoft is only committed to the web, iOS, and Win32.
After all, another question raises: How is this affected to Android users? Actually, it’ not so much. It would have been cool to be able to use Android apps on a Windows device, but ultimately Microsoft’s plan is to bolster apps on Windows phones. It’s considered as a quite good solution for the limit of apps – a problem that has failed Windows phones for years. Moreover, now most popular Android apps are available on iOS, so it’s not a bad move by Microsoft to focus on one. The fact that many Android developers also build iOS apps may mean Microsoft feels the Android tool is no longer necessary. For the others Windows 10 universal apps, which run on both desktop and mobile versions, will convince developers to take the plunge on mobile.