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Microsoft kills Project Astoria

Microsoft kills Project Astoria that intended to help porting Android apps to Windows Mobile
Microsoft Project Astoria now gone
Many were excited by the idea of having Android apps ported to Windows 10 Mobile, but Microsoft has unfortunately decided to kill this initiative.

When Microsoft announced its plans to bring Android apps to Windows, many consumers and developers received the idea with open arms. Internally known as Project Astoria, this initiative has been around for a while but, unfortunately, the saga seems to have come to an end.

Last time we heard about Microsoft's Project Astoria was back in late 2015 when Windows Central revealed rumors according to which things were not going as they should have. Back then there was still hope, as the rumors mentioned the project is not ready for public launch and could be behind schedule.

Now, the mystery is gone, as Kevin Gallo writes on the Windows Blog - "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." Obviously, there is only one logical choice for the Redmond giant at this time.

On the other hand, there might still be hope for Android apps on Windows since Xamarin joining Microsoft will keep the IT giant in the cross-platform development game. However, that deal is still subject to regulatory approval, so we should wait and see when and how the Project Astoria rises from its ashes.   

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Codrut Nistor, 2016-02-26 (Update: 2016-02-26)
Codrut Nistor
Codrut Nistor - News Editor
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