Tuesday 24 November 2015

Microsoft Presses Pause on Tool for Porting Android Apps to Windows 10


Microsoft to Introduce Project Astoria Tool

Microsoft intends to introduce a tool in bringing about apps that were initially written for Android to its own Windows 10. Project Astoria, the tool, had been created to inspire programmers who wrote apps for devices, driven by Google’s mobile software to bring these apps to Microsoft’s latest operating system. Windows is the foundation software for most of the PCs.

However Microsoft had been struggling to extend it to phone as well as tablets where the software of Apple and Google tends to dominate. As for Microsoft, it seems that the progress on the tool is not going as planned and the company has refrained from commenting if Astoria has been cancelled or that it would still be released.

According to Microsoft spokeswomen it was said that they are committed in offering developers several options in bringing their apps to the Windows Platform and the Astoria bridge is not yet ready. But other tools tend to provide great options for the developers. It is important for Microsoft that Windows 10 is successful after its predecessor. Windows 8 was extensively rejected.

Astoria – Deliver Set of Patterns/Concrete Setup

A deep and broad selection of Windows 10 app could be essential for success in order that users could fulfil their requirements for communication, work and entertainment and Microsoft could extend Window’s financial success.

The earlier smartphone software of Microsoft had fought to obtain traction partially owing to an absence of apps when compared to Apple’s iOS as well as Google’s Android. Astoria was intended to be the principal part of the plan in drawing important app developers to Windows. Project Astoria tends to deliver a set of patterns and a concrete setup in creating and consuming data services by utilising web technologies.

Data has been increasingly available in the web and the production of new data driven applications like mashups evidently specifies that the availability of standalone data independent of user interface is altering the way systems tend to be built as well as the way data can be leveraged.

The future of Astoria could be doubtful, but Microsoft has released two of its related tools, namely `Islandwood’, which enables developers to bring apps for Apple’s iOS software to Windows 10 and `Westminister’, that does the same for apps created for the Web.

An Emulator/Softer Layer

The company has mentioned that Microsoft also intends to release a similar tool, to bring the older-style Windows app to Windows 10. According to the Windows Central blogs it is said that some clues hinted at fading interest for Astoria and the project’s forum died down in September with the questions of developers remaining unanswered by Microsoft.

 Moreover, Microsoft uncovered Astoria out of latest test versions of Windows 10 for the mobile devices. In Microsoft’s world, programmers could write their apps for Windows 10 in the first place, directly. The foremost issue of Astoria is that it is efficiently an emulator, a softer layer which enables programs written for one software basis run on another. However emulation means that an app’s styling does not seem to fit well in the new environment or take benefit of its features.

Microsoft had stated that `developers could write apps which run on all Windows 10 devices and take advantage of native Windows features and that they are grateful to the feedback for the development community and are looking forward to support them as they tend to develop apps for Windows 10’.

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