Microsoft to drop Windows Bridge for Android; will focus only on iOS bridge

Microsoft to drop Windows Bridge for Android; will focus only on iOS bridge

In a blog post published this week, software biggie Microsoft has revealed that it is discontinuing the Windows Bridge for Android project. The company has also said that it will now focus only on the Windows Bridge for iOS.

Microsoft had announced the Windows Bridge for Android project -- along with the Windows Bridge for iOS -- last year. Both the projects underscored an evident effort by Microsoft to give mobile app developers the ability to easily port their Android or iOS apps to Windows 10 devices.

As part of the two projects, Microsoft had announced in 2015 that it would create the requisite tools which will enable Android and iOS app developers to easily transition their apps into ‘universal’ apps for the Windows 10 platform.

However, according to the announcement made by Microsoft this week, the project involving the Windows Bridge for Android is being dropped. As such, Microsoft now plans to concentrate its efforts on the Windows Bridge for iOS.

With regard to Microsoft’s move to drop the Android bridge, Kevin Gallo -- director of Windows' developer platform -- said in the blog post that the company has “carefully considered” the 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.” Gallo further added: “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.”

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