People running Windows 10 Insider builds of the operating system may get an option to run the Android app on their machine natively under the ‘Project Latte’. A leaked screenshot of an email posted on Twitter suggests that Microsoft is actively working on the project to make it happen by mid-2021.
so… there’s still a chance, then? pic.twitter.com/RRilMcLSXp
— Mary Jo Foley (@maryjofoley) December 7, 2020
Most of us are aware that Microsoft was earlier working on a similar project named ‘Astoria’ where Windows Phone using Windows 10 mobile operating system can smoothly run Android apps. Apparently, Microsoft discarded the project as it worked better than expected frightening Microsoft that developers will not build apps for Windows Phone natively. Project ‘Astoria’ was highly focused on Universal Windows Platform (UWP) App.
However, in ‘Project Latte’ gives the ability to developers can publish their Android apps as an MSIX package where users can install Android apps directly from the Windows Store on their Windows 10 machine. Although the Android App need to be converted MSIX package before publishing while the process won’t require code changes until Google services are not used in their apps.
Microsoft core idea to create its own Android Subsystem using Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) that can allow users to run Android apps of their choice on their desktop. Moreover, Windows 10 21H2 preview builds will get support for Linux-based GUI apps via WSL. Do note that Project Latte won’t get any support from Google’s Play Services as Google won’t allow Microsoft to use Google Maps, Gmail, Calendar, and any app using Google’s services on Windows 10. However, those apps which run on Google’s Play Services can be moved to Microsoft based Apps and services as it was earlier seen with Windows-powered smartphones.