Microsoft abandons Project Astoria, which would have ported Android apps to Windows 10 Mobile

by: John DyeFebruary 25, 2016


We haven’t heard much from Project Astoria recently, but now it seems like the app-porting initiative has breathed its last. Microsoft has officially confirmed that they are abandoning their plans to use the project to port Android apps to Windows 10 Mobile:

[Microsoft] 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.

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This is actually reasonably predictable move, given recent events. A few days ago, Microsoft revealed that they had ambitions to acquire Xamarin, which is a company dedicated to creating tools that make developing software on Android, iOS, and Windows mobile devices at once. By sharing common code, apps developed with Xamarin tools can be easily updated on each of these platforms, and it makes simultaneous releases much less complicated.

It’s possible that acquiring Xamarin would render Project Astoria redundant, so while this one initiative is dying, it’s clear that Microsoft is still in the cross-platform development game. Exactly what form that will take is yet to be seen. In the meantime, what do you think of Microsoft’s efforts to bring Android apps to their Windows 10 Mobile users? Is this a step in the right direction, or evidence of a stumble? Let us know your opinion and speculation in the comments below.

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  • John Doe

    There will still be a lot of work to do between the different platforms .. and this does not always work as one might expect ..
    MS Win10 Phone will start off with little more than what they already have, and that is not a good starting point. Also, will what they have be even compatible with Win10 Phone?

  • cdm283813

    Maybe the title should read “Microsoft abandons Windows phone”. That would have been more fitting.

    • cr_buck

      If you could have seen how poorly Windows 10 Mobile ran with an Android 4.4 subsystem iypt would make sense why they canned the part. Native is much better than emulation and dual oses.

  • john doe

    Microsoft plans to abandon its windows os and start making android apps..

    • gamer04

      not exactly, they just bought a new company to help them make universal apps for all os’s including windows.

      • gg

        For this I came here! They bought Xamarin. Now they can developers automatically create cross-platform apps for Windows devices too.

  • Diego

    If I wanted to run android apps, I would use my android phone.

  • Adithya Raman

    X gonna give it to you

  • Chizusyo

    I wonder how much app revenue windows will be getting from this, seeing as apple has a much larger app revenue when compared to android.

  • tony

    windows chases its tail ad nauseam

  • cr_buck

    Considering how much of a performance impact running Android on top Windows Mobile was, this was a smart move. If they had abandoned Astoria a long time ago W10M release wouldn’t be so far behind. Throughout history emulation has never really panned out well. Using island wood and Xamarin means apps would native which makes a lot more sense. At this point though they have to prove to developers they will stay the course and support them well while pushing optimization. Of course the push will have to be to port to Windows since that’s the user base but hey, mobile support is a short step away.

  • Rick_Deckard

    Windows Phone is having a slowly painful death…

  • Watchdog43

    I’ve always been a Android guy (Galaxy S2-S5 & Note 4) but wanted a change so went for the Windows 1520, very nice phone but seeing MS is a “software” giant they’re clueless on mobile OSs, so what do these einsteins do?? They release a flagship $650 950XL phones with a no where neqr ready for public use Win Mobile 10!! Nitwits, nothing but complaints from buyers with tons of returned phones and now no bridge to android apps?? They’re app count sucks already and this new development pretty much could spell the total demise for the Windows mobile market.. For me, I’m selling my 1520 and getting the S7 Edge.. Awesome looking phone!!

  • Peter

    So they abandom something again ? Honestly how can Microsoft expect both developers and users to trust them ? They seem to backtrack and abandon everything…