Microsoft invites Android developers to try out Project Astoria

Microsoft has today revealed support for the easy porting of Android apps to Windows 10.

“Project Astoria” (also referred to as “Project A”) is a  Universal Windows Platform Bridge toolkit that enables developers to build Windows apps for phones by reusing their Android code.

”Project Astoria” will enable Android developers to build apps using Android code to target Windows 10 phones without having to leave their Android IDE.

In addition to extending the IDE, ”Project Astoria” will include a Windows phone emulator and interop capabilities that will help the app (including UI and services) to run and look great on the Windows platform.

With “Project Astoria” developers are able to:

  • Build Windows apps for phones with few code changes
  • Use a Microsoft interoperability library to integrate Microsoft services into their app with very little effort
  • Test and debug their app from their preferred IDE
  • Publish their app and get paid through the Windows Store

Microsoft is inviting developers who want to get involved to submit Android APKs for testing and thereby help “shape the effort”.

Interested developers can read more here.

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