The day after announcing it had purchased cross-platform mobile tool Xamarin, Microsoft is dropping work on its Android Bridge or toolkit for bringing Android apps to Windows 10. It’s putting all its mobile-toolkit eggs in its iOS bridge basket instead.
Microsoft officials are opening up more on what’s next for the company’s bridges, or development toolkits, for Windows 10, which they expect to offer alongside Xamarin’s technology which allows C# and F# developers to write native apps for iOS, Android, Windows and Mac OS.
“We’re excited to have Xamarin join Microsoft and the opportunities it will offer developers – making it easy to share common app code across Windows, iOS, and Android apps while still delivering fully-native experiences for each of the platforms,” said Corporate Vice President of Program Management for the Windows Developer Platform team Kevin Gallo in a February 25 blog post about Microsoft’s evolving Windows 10 developer strategy.
Having an iOS Bridge and Android Bridge is unnecessary
Gallo said that Microsoft received feedback that developers found having both the iOS Bridge and Android Bridge is confusing and unnecessary, presumably because many mobile apps exist on both of these platforms already. The iOS bridge will be Microsoft’s only bridge for bringing mobile code to all Windows 10 devices, including Xbox.
“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,” Gallo said.