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Microsoft bins Android-to-Windows porting tool to focus on iOS

Microsoft has canned Project Astoria — an upcoming "Windows Bridge" that would've let devs easily port Android games to the Windows Store — to focus its attention on its iOS porting tool.

Chris Kerr

February 26, 2016

1 Min Read

Microsoft has canned Project Astoria -- an upcoming "Windows Bridge" that would've let devs easily port Android games to the Windows Store -- to focus its attention on its iOS porting tool.

Last year Microsoft made its Windows Bridge for iOS, dubbed "Project Islandwood" open source, and has continued to update the tool ever since. The company also announced Project Astoria at the same time.

However, after receiving feedback from a number of developers, who allegedly claimed it was "unneccesary" and "confusing" to have two projects designed to bring code over from mobile operating systems, Microsoft has now scrapped Astoria. 

"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," read a Windows blog post.

"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."

Microsoft is urging developers who were waiting on Astoria to take a look at its iOS Bridge, and its recently acquired C# porting tool, Xamarin.

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Chris Kerr

News Editor, GameDeveloper.com

Game Developer news editor Chris Kerr is an award-winning journalist and reporter with over a decade of experience in the game industry. His byline has appeared in notable print and digital publications including Edge, Stuff, Wireframe, International Business Times, and PocketGamer.biz. Throughout his career, Chris has covered major industry events including GDC, PAX Australia, Gamescom, Paris Games Week, and Develop Brighton. He has featured on the judging panel at The Develop Star Awards on multiple occasions and appeared on BBC Radio 5 Live to discuss breaking news.

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