Project Astoria shut down: Microsoft

Last year Microsoft announced Project Astoria, a bridge that will allow developers to port their existing Android apps easily to Windows 10. The feature eventually disappeared from Windows 10 builds that came out after that, which caused some people to wonder what was happening with the feature.

But today Microsoft got some bad news for the developers. Microsoft officially announced that the Project Astoria is shut down. They announced at the official blog. They stated

We also announced the Windows Bridge for Android (project “Astoria”) at Build last year, and some of you have asked about its status. 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.

According to some intel report Project Astoria that Project Astoria was not proceeding as planned.


The story behind the story

But the fact is so called Project Astoria was the slowest bridge to roll out to developers. The tools died on the vine before they even got out to a large group for testing. Back in November 2015, Microsoft announced that project was delayed because it wasn’t ready yet. But the company may also be dodging some tricky legal issues with Astoria. To make it work properly, Astoria had to supply alternatives to some Google APIs that weren’t part of Android’s open source code, thus opening Microsoft to legal hassles from its rival.

When a version of Project Astoria leaked last summer, many users and critics tried porting third-party apps to their personal devices. For the most part, the conversion process worked remarkably well…!

Ivory Soda

I am Libertarian, otaku. In LOVE with Windows 10 and LUMIA (yeah still that one) Also writing mind boggling Science and exciting Technology on Fancy Frindle .

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