Microsoft Axes Android Bridge, Keeps iOS

Microsoft Axes Android Bridge, Keeps iOS
On Thursday, Microsoft announced some updates on its Windows 10 Bridges, including the end of its Android project.

"At Build last year, we unveiled our Bridges strategy and our commitment to provide developers with tools to accelerate bringing their apps to Windows 10 devices. Our goal is to make it easy for developers of all sizes to bring existing code to the one billion devices we expect to see running Windows 10 in the next few years," said Microsoft's Kevin Gallo in a blog post. To help push this project forward, Microsoft entered into an agreement to acquire cross-platform mobile tool vendor Xamarin earlier this week. "UWP [Universal Windows Platforms] developers can not only reach all Windows 10 devices, but with Xamarin, they can now use a large percentage of their C# code to deliver a fully native mobile app experience for iOS and Android," explained Gallo. "Xamarin's approach enables developers to take advantage of the productivity and power of .NET to develop mobile apps, and to use C# to write to the full set of native APIs and mobile capabilities."

Alongside the Xamarin acquisition, Microsoft announced updates to its Centennial, Islandwood, Web Bridge, and Astoria projects. The Web Bridge, which shipped as part of the Windows 10 SDK in July, has seen adoption from Shazam, Yahoo, and more. Project Centennial, which helps bring Win32 and .NET-based apps to the Windows Store, is in testing with an expansion to follow. The Windows Bridge for iOS, or Project Islandwood, was released to GitHub as an open source project last summer, with regular updates as recent as last week. While these Bridges are moving forward, one Bridge is being demolished: the Windows Bridge for Android, or Project Astoria. "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," said Microsoft. "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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