Microsoft has officially suspended plans to introduce a tool for bringing apps originally written for Android to its own Windows 10. CNET recently confirmed that the software giant's Project Astoria Android emulator is not developing as planned, although the company has yet to write it off completely.
Though Microsoft's presence in the PC world has been indisputable, their ability to translate that success into the mobile market has been dismal. The Project Astoria tool was originally intended to entice programmers who wrote apps for devices powered by Google's mobile software to bring those apps to Microsoft's new operating system.
Now for Microsoft, it seems, progress on the tool has stalled, though there has been no official statement of cancellation. "We're committed to offering developers many options to bring their apps to the Windows Platform," a Microsoft spokeswoman said Monday. "The Astoria bridge is not ready yet, but other tools offer great options for developers."
Astoria is an emulator that lets programs written for one software foundation run on another, and it's chief downside is that emulation doesn't always allow an App's styling to fit well in a new software environment/take full advantage of its features.
Eventually, Microsoft's would like to see programmers write their apps directly for Windows 10.
"Developers can write apps that run on all Windows 10 devices and take advantage of native Windows features easily," Microsoft said. "We're grateful to the feedback from the development community and look forward to supporting them as they develop apps for Windows 10."
What are your thoughts on this development? Is Microsoft better off working on a non emulation-based tool or is the need to draw developers to the Windows mobile platform so great that any delay in releasing an enticement/development tool is a setback? Leave us a comment and let us know your thoughts!