Microsoft officially pulls the plug on Project Astoria

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Microsoft has officially pulled the plug on Project Astoria, a set of four new software development toolkits by Microsoft to make it easy for developers to bring their code for the Web, .NET, Win32, iOS and Android to the Windows Store with minimal code modifications.

The idea was to enable developers to start with an existing code base such as Android or iOS, integrate with the Universal Windows Platform capabilities, and then distribute their new application through the Windows Store.

Project Astoria Bridges was part of the “Bridge” strategy to provide developers with tools to accelerate bringing their apps to Windows 10 devices.

“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.”

Microsoft state that the other three bridges will continue to be developed.

  • The Web Bridge (Hosted Web Apps) helps bring HTML and JavaScript web-based apps to the Windows Store and takes advantage of the rich capabilities of the Windows platform, such as Live Tiles, Cortana integration, in-app purchase capabilities and more. This shipped as part of the standard Windows 10 SDK in July.
  • Project “Centennial” helps bring existing Win32 and .NET-based apps to the Windows Store and is in testing with a set of developers now. The company will release an early iteration of the tools soon, and will then expand the program and support a broader range of developers.
  • The Windows Bridge for iOS (project “Islandwood”), enables developers to bring Objective-C iOS apps to the Windows Store, was released to GitHub as an open source project in August andhas received frequent updates. Just last week, Microsoft released an update which included the first ARM32 preview compiler drop.

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