Project Latte: Microsoft wants to bring Android apps to Windows 10

Project Latte: Microsoft wants to bring Android apps to Windows 10

Microsoft is said to be working on a software solution with which developers can make their Android apps available for Windows 10 without or at least with only minor adjustments. The applications are to be delivered in MSIX package format and will be offered directly in the Microsoft Store from next year.

Project Latte follows Project Astoria

As Windows Central reports with reference to sources familiar with the matter, Microsoft is to develop the project under the code name “Project Latte”, which follows the “Project Astoria”, a Windows Bridge for Android, with which the company tried at the time Recruiting app developers for the Windows platform. The developer tool was discontinued at the end of 2015.

Protecting Help from Linux

Project Latte aims to make apps for Android run on Windows 10 and to be supported by the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL). According to Windows Central, this would have to be expanded to include a corresponding Android subsystem so that Android apps can also be executed accordingly.

Microsoft recently set the course for this. The Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 20150 demonstrates that the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) also supports Linux applications with GUI and enables users to access the graphics processor of the graphics card via the Linux binary files using “GPU Compute”.

It is very unlikely that Android apps under Windows 10 will support Google Services, which is why apps that were written for this API would have to be adapted beforehand.

Still a long way off

In any case, “Project Latte” should go far beyond what the ” Your smartphone app ” currently does under Windows 10. This is still limited to a few Samsung smartphones and mirrors Android apps on Windows 10.

As of today, Android apps specially adapted for Windows 10 and delivered via the Microsoft Store are still a long way off.