Yesterday, Microsoft posted a blog post detailing the current status of it’s “Windows Bridge” app transfer system.
Bridge, if you hadn’t heard, is an initiative started by Microsoft to seamlessly move apps from other operating systems over to the Windows App Store. This was very exciting news for both developers and Windows phone users alike, since it potentially meant a huge influx of popular apps could create biological equivalents on the Windows phone platform. The jumpstart to the Windows app ecosystem is much needed, since it currently offers a smaller selection of apps due to it’s lower userbase.
In an unfortunate turn of events, yesterday Microsoft announced that they are (at least for the foreseeable future) halting bridge development for Android, and focusing primarily on iOS app transfer. Though many Android apps have iOS equivalents, there are still many developers that use Android as their primary release platform, and the news is a bit disappointing to those looking to move their Android applications to the Windows ecosystem.
- Project “Centennial” helps bring existing Win32 and .NET-based apps to the Windows Store and is in testing with a set of developers now. We’ll have an early iteration of the tools soon, and then we’ll expand the program and support a broader range of developers.
- The Windows Bridge for iOS (project “Islandwood”), enables developers to bring Objective-C iOS apps to the Windows Store, was released to GitHubas an open source project in August and we’ve been releasing updates to it frequently. Just last week, we released an update which included the first ARM32 preview compiler drop.
The news makes me a bit sad, but I’m at least happy that Bridge is making progress across other platforms. Hopefully we’ll see an Android equivalent in the future.
via: Windows Blog
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