Another Microsoft Consumer Initiative Flops
The tool, nicknamed Project Astoria, was designed to encourage programmers who write apps for devices powered by Google’s mobile software to bring those apps to Microsoft’s new operating system.
But progress on the tool is not progressing as planned and the company wouldn’t say whether Astoria has been cancelled or whether it will still be released.
“We’re committed to offering developers many options to bring their apps to the Windows platform,” a Microsoft spokeswoman said. “The Astoria bridge is not ready yet, but other tools offer great options for developers.”
The software giant introduced the Windows Bridge for Android, ” earlier this year as part of a larger effort to help app-builders easily convert Web, iOS and Android apps to Windows.
Developers complained that it still isn’t available (unlike the other apps), though Microsoft hasn’t said the project is in trouble. However, the Project Astoria forums have gone dark and Microsoft removed the Android subsystem from the last Windows 10 Mobile preview, suggesting it may be killed altogether.
The Android bridge is essentially just an emulator, and has been beset with technical problems and weak app ports, according to Windows Central.