Microsoft Corporation says that software designed to allow Android Apps to run on Windows 10 will be released much later than hoped. The tool, which could have broadened the number of apps available for the Windows 10 experience, was called Windows Bridge for Android or, while in development, Project Astoria.
Re/Code says that the program has been slowed by a multitude of bugs as well as poor-running Android ports. The outlet says that the system may even be dead in the water at Microsoft. Sources inside Redmond told Re/code that the firm was not going to keep working on Windows Bridge for Android. The entire future of the project appears to be in doubt, and it seems unlikely we’ll see Project Astoria any time soon.
Microsoft cancels Android emulation
Project Astoria was essentially just an Android emulator for Windows 10. Its purpose would have been to allow Windows users to use Android apps in a close to native fashion on the platform. There are already solutions out there, mostly pointed at software developers, that allow Windows users to run Android apps on Desktop.
Project Astoria would, however, have made it seem as if the app was supposed to work on Windows in the first place. It could have allowed ordinary users, rather than those working on apps, to play with Android software while keeping their phone on Windows.
In a statement Microsoft said “The Astoria bridge is not ready yet, but other tools offer great options for developers.” The firm added “We’re committed to offering developers many options to bring their apps to the Windows Platform.”
Windows still needs apps
Windows 10, despite a healthy amount of criticism, was greeted with general happiness among users. The OS is supposed to be a worth upgrade from Windows 7, and it appears to be working for the millions who have downloaded it.
Windows Phone 10 is, however, far behind the pack. It doesn’t have nearly enough software to keep people happy, and, though it’s the third biggest smart phone OS in the world, it’s almost completely irrelevant in terms of share.
Microsoft would like to find an easy way to improve the selection of software on its mobile OS in order to entice new people onto its system. BlackBerry tried to put Android apps on BB10 in order to make it appeal to a greater number of people. The system worked, but the firm’s market share kept falling. Last week BlackBerry Ltd ended up selling its first Android phone.
With Windows 10 those working on software can expect it to work on desktop, mobile and tablets seamlessly. The same was supposed to be true of Android apps ported over with Project Astoria. That dream is, for the time being at least, dead, but Microsoft will reserve the right to bring the program back form the dead at some point in the future.