Heard about Project Astoria before? Announced at Build 2015, it could have empowered Android developers, to bring their apps to Universal Windows Platform on Windows Store with little or no code modification and today, Microsoft in an official blog post announced that it will no more be in place.
Kevin Gallo from Windows team writes:
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.
From the excerpt, it can be easily guessed as to why there is no need for two separate bridges when the same can be achieved with one, iOS. The Windows Bridge for iOS is still kicking in and that is a good news.
With the recent acquisition of Xamarin by Microsoft, such a decision was imminent as per my thoughts. Xamarin is really a great, great cross platform app development toolkit which is independent of the nature of the developer's platform he/she comes from. If developers really want to extend their app reach and engagement, bringing in apps in front of 200M Windows 10 users worldwide, then Xamarin is a way to go.
If you want to know more about Xamarin, head to this link here.
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Source: Windows Blog