At the time Microsoft hosted their Build 2015 developer conference, they have announced that both Android and iOS applications will soon be able to run on the Windows 10 platform through the use of the new Project Islandwood (iOS) and Project Astoria (Android) development kits. In this way, developers can soon port their mobile apps and games to Windows universal apps – that is across all boar and will hit all iOS and Android devices.
With that matter, Microsoft allows Android developers to use Java and C++ code on Windows 10. This is in lie to allowing applications to be quickly and easily compiled for the platform. Since most of the code being used by Android developers is being re-used, this will save app makers a ton of time and money in the long run.
Also, Microsoft is insisting on developers to take their code to Windows 10 with only slight changes at the beginning. And when the bulk of the app is built, the developers are urged to take the lead of some key integration points to build in Windows-specific features like Cortana, Live Tiles, Xbox Live, Holograms and more – these are all included in the Project Astoria dev kit.
Meanwhile, the company has been testing its latest APIs out for the past few months, particularly on the trendy puzzle game, Candy Crush. As a matter of fact, the latest version of Candy Crush version on Windows is converted from iOS code using Microsoft’s new Windows APIs.
However, this doesn’t mean developers will be able to install any APK on Windows 10 – to clarify things up. This is only because Microsoft is making it much easier for Android developers to switch their applications.
So far, Microsoft has exerted great effort over the years to keep up with the number of apps available for both Android and iOS. For the end user, this can certainly be considered great news.
There’s a big but though. While the project is promising, Google Play Store will never come pre-loaded on any Windows 10 devices. Yet, they assured mobile users with many more applications to soon make their way to the platform. It seems the company is taking the things that were snatched from him.Well, I’m pretty sure they can snatch back users by making reliable phone batteries for their upcoming flagships.