Microsoft has confirmed that its Project Astoria tool that would allow developers to easily bring Android apps to their Universal Windows Platform (UWP) is no more.
The decision to pull the plug on the mythical function may be Microsoft realising it may run into legal competition from Google as Microsoft would have to makes its own variants of Google API’s.
However, Microsoft said that Project Astoria wouldn’t be developed further as it received feedback from developers that having separate Android and iOS bridges was “unnecessary” and “confusing”. This seems a shaky excuse at best as if you are smart enough to develop apps, you are generally smart enough to know which code base belongs to which platform.
A version of Project Astoria leaked last Summer, those who got hold of it tried to port Android apps to Windows and the process worked pretty well for an unreleased product.
Google isn’t known for its support of Microsoft Mobile even going as far to block YouTube API’s and pulling all support for Waze after it purchased the navigation company.
Microsoft is now urging developers to us the Windows bridge for iOS to convert existing apps to Windows. Another option, if the app doesn’t exist yet is to develop using Xamarin, which Microsoft recently acquired. This will allow developers to build apps using the .NET framework and written in C#, that code can then be used to build and deploy Windows, Android, and iOS apps.