Windows Phone, now known as Windows 10 for phones, has always struggled to gain support from the developer community. Given the small user base of Windows Phone users, developers haven’t always seen the benefit of spending time and resources on apps that will be used by a much smaller community of users compared to other platforms such as iOS and Android. The result was slim pickin’s of apps for end users who use Windows for phones.
Microsoft ultimately wanted to change that problem with Windows 10 for phones with two tools, Windows Bridge for iOS, otherwise known as Islandwood, and Windows Bridge for Android, also known as Astoria. It’s killing the latter one in favor of supporting Windows Bridge for iOS. We can see the logic, since a lot of great apps make their debut on iOS.
“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,” Microsoft said in a recent blog post. “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.”
Microsoft said it will dive deeper into its Bridge strategy during its Build developer conference this spring. We hope there are a few other surprises then, too.