Microsoft Kills Project Astoria Dylan Duarte February 26, 2016 News Hammer one more nail into the coffin for Windows Mobile. Microsoft has killed Project Astoria, their tool for helping developers easily port Android apps to Windows 10. This announcement comes on the heels of the company acquiring Xamarin, a startup that allows developers to create apps in a single programming language and then easily customize them to work with other smartphone platforms. Microsoft’s open-source iOS migration tool – Project Islandwood – is still alive and well, and the company is recommending that developers use either that or Xamarin’s products if they want to make cross-platform applications. The idea, according to Microsoft director Kevin Gallo, is and always has been to make it as easy as possible to bring existing code to Windows. Windows Mobile OS, while not exactly on life support, is no longer a major contender in the mobile market. It makes sense for Microsoft to shift their focus to the software side of things and try to get their apps on iOS, Android, and other platforms. It’s going to be a long time before Office stops being a household name, so Microsoft would do well to keep pushing that as hard as they can. Share This With The World!