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Microsoft's 'Project Latte' aims to bring Android apps to Windows 10

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Microsoft is working on a software solution that would allow app developers to bring their Android apps to Windows 10 with little to no code changes by packaging them as an MSIX and allowing developers to submit them to the Microsoft Store. According to sources familiar with the matter, the project is codenamed 'Latte' and I'm told it could show up as soon as next year.

The company has toyed with the idea of bringing Android apps to Windows 10 before via a project codenamed Astoria that never saw the light of day. Project Latte aims to deliver a similar product, and is likely powered by tech similar to the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL.) Microsoft will need to provide its own Android subsystem for Android apps to actually run, however.

Microsoft has announced that WSL will soon get support for GUI Linux applications (opens in new tab), as well as GPU acceleration (opens in new tab) which should aid the performance of apps running through WSL.

It's unlikely that Project Latte will include support for Play Services, as Google doesn't allow Play Services to be installed on anything other than native Android devices and Chrome OS. This means that apps which require Play Services APIs will need to be updated to remove those dependencies before they can be submitted on Windows 10.

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Today, users can run Android apps on their PCs via app streaming using the Your Phone app built into Windows 10, but this functionality has been limited to a handful of Samsung devices and isn't always reliable. Being able to install and run Android apps locally on your PC will provide a much better experience and won't depend on what phone you have.

Project Latte will allow app developers to bring over apps that don't already have a Windows version available. I'll be interested to see what kind of apps show up if Project Latte ever ships, as many Android apps are primarily designed for phones and are less desirable on anything larger than a phone-sized screen.

Microsoft has made it clear in the last couple of years that it no longer considers native Windows apps as the be-all end-all when it comes to app development on the platform. Microsoft now welcomes many app platforms, including PWA, UWP, Win32, Linux (via WSL) and soon, Android apps.

Assuming Microsoft doesn't cancel its plans with Project Latte, bringing Android apps to the platform will make Windows 10 a near-universal OS when it comes to app support. I'm told Microsoft is hoping to announce Project Latte next year, and could ship as part of the fall 2021 release of Windows 10.

In the meantime, what are your thoughts on bringing Android apps to Windows 10? Let us know in the comments.

Zac Bowden
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Zac Bowden is a Senior Editor at Windows Central. Bringing you exclusive coverage into the world of Windows 10 on PCs, tablets, phones, and more. Also an avid collector of rare Microsoft prototype devices! Keep in touch on Twitter: @zacbowden.

93 Comments
  • My body is ready, bring them on 😎
  • So, instead of simply running Android apps "as is" on Windows 10, this is basically eliminating roughly 95% of the work developers would have to do in order to port their Android apps to Windows 10. The only "pitfall" I see is the workarounds that developers would have to go through to "decouple" their Android apps from Google Play Services and ensuring that they find an equivalent feature in Project Latte that won't compromise their app's performance/functionality. Of course, it would be easier and more convenient for everybody to have Google Play Services simply run in Windows 10's Android "runtime" like with Bluestacks. It could bring a lot of value to Win 10 tablet devices.
  • I think this is the only way to do it - to make sure it won't break and provide good experience for the user. Knowing how Google operates you can be 100% certain that they would do everything to make that happen.
  • Do you mean Goggle with do everything possible to break it thus making it non-viable?
  • Google will never ever license that, it's a complete nonstarter. What would be better is for Microsft to fork Android and distribute it with Windows with tight integration. They could and should effectively take over Android.
  • @GrayFox7 Why should Microsoft takeove Android when they have a perfectly robust Windows Ecosystem which has been built over generations? This is lunacy lol....
  • I would love for Microsoft to bring Android app capabilities to Windows. The development world has largely moved beyond Windows with Microsoft's miss on Windows Phone. I'd love to be able to run Android apps in Windows especially on the Surface Pro X which would give me a boatload of native options vs. emulated x86/64 which isn't a great experience to date. The only downside is that even with ChromeOS and Samsung DeX there are still very few Android apps that are designed with a tablet or laptop experience in mind. Maybe having Windows as a platform helps push developers to embrace more than just the phone as a design target. I hope the deliver this one and don't build another bridge that ends up getting buried.
  • & thats why we have tab s7 Samsung's renewed push to destroy the consumer chrometop market
  • As someone said it on Twitter: this could be useful for developers testing their apps on a computer. Other than that if they don't plan on bringing windows mobile back I don't see the reason for such a feature.
  • If you want to test app, you have Android Emulator, there is no point in testing app which doesn't have the same code as on targeted OS. Bringing Android Apps would have huge impact on bringing Windows back to the Phones, but I see also big potential on bringing Android TV apps.
  • Sadly outside the US atv support has been quite sad excuse most devs would rather chromcast than go thru the effort to adapt the ui
  • The risk of this strategy is that we will have APP non optimized for desktop mode with a poor user experience which will highlight Apple ecosystem superiority.
  • iOS apps on Mac still very rough.
  • And they use pretty much same APIs and run on the same architecture. Sure Apple will "inspire" developers to put in some extra work and make them seamless, but this...
  • A lot of developers use cross-platform frameworks to make their apps available on iOS and Android but most end-users don't notice the apps aren't actually native to either platform at all. All a developer will likely need to do is set their target to (whatever they call "Project Latte" in the end) when packaging for Microsoft Store and the tooling will then take care of the rest. Plus, with Android settling on a mostly unified codebase with Project Mainline, Microsoft will have an extremely easy time keeping things working. Long-term, Microsoft can give developers using the most popular frameworks the nudge to set their target to Windows and many will then end up with architecture-independent Windows apps without any real development overhead.
  • Lol same could be said for any iphone app on ipad without the work
  • This doesn't sound very good if it's up to the developer to submit the app. I hope I'm wrong. I mean how many developers plan on submitting especially if they are well aware that not many people actually use the Microsoft Store. Submitted apps mean that they are capable of getting reviews and I do wonder if a developer is willing to put their app on the store knowing the risk of getting negative reviews if the experience on their system is subpar especially if they are using something weak like the Surface Go. Perhaps an APK to MSIX converter would make me more optimistic. Otherwise, I wish Microsoft just focused more on the Your Phone app. Perhaps putting more customizable front-end app launcher for screen mirroring or perhaps expanding support beyond Samsung phones.
  • Lol the over-sensitive whiney dev who wirked on the vlc port
  • Extra options are never a bad thing imho. This is Windows after all. The principle has always been anything and everything can be installed. Not a bad idea. The apps do not have to be fantastic at the beginning. But down the line, maybe it will even trickle down eventually to Windows 10X?
  • "Microsoft has made it clear in the last couple of years that it no longer considers native Windows apps as the be-all end-all when it comes to app development on the platform. Microsoft now welcomes many app platforms, including PWA, UWP, Win32, Linux (via WSL) and soon, Android apps.", this is the way. Windows's strong point is its flexibility. I do hope these Android apps will come to the Windows Store too (a central place will become more important, for automatic updates etc). And would be smart I think if these Android apps also can use windows modern ui tools (/nuget package, cannot remember the exact name) which is already available for x32 / UWP (for ui consistency).
  • I'm not usually a Debbie Downer but I'm not expecting much from "Project Latte." There's always a new project every few years. There's been Project Centennial, Project Astoria, Project Islandwood, and probably a few I'm forgetting. Fans get their hopes up assuming that eventually one of these projects will allow UWP/Store apps to gain some traction. Yet here we are years later still waiting for one of these projects to bear fruit. My guess is that Latte will yield an insignificant number of apps and will eventually be forgotten. It's a shame that something like the Pro X is being held back by a lack of native support and instead has to rely on emulation. It would be nice if Microsoft made another push to get native apps in the store instead of emulation or hoping devs adopt their latest project. But that's just wishful thinking on my part.
  • It's true that many projects start and never go anywhere, but what's the alternative? You've got to keep trying. Not to get too philosophical, but history has shown that significant progress comes more from trying, failing and trying again, than from any other factor. We can quote Edison and many others. Let Project Latte try as well, it just might work. If it doesn't, we move on the next attempt :-)
  • Exactly. There are too many negative Nancies just shooting it down. If it doesn't work, oh well, it won't affect your life.
  • Historically when MS tries something new (and they've been throwing a lot of junk against the wall) everyone who gets on board either looses their money or ends up with a mediocre experience /device so negativity here is well justified. This is just another half thought, me too feature soon to be quarter (not even half) a*sed by Microsoft.
  • > "[W]hen MS tries something new it either looses their money or ends up with a mediocre experience / device." Talk about a Negative Nancy who is superlative on steroids. If Microsoft failed every time, you would not see so many people still around using their products and services while investors and partners would have dropped them decades ago. Remember how the first Surface failed? Unlike the Surface, Surface Pro succeeded epically, paving the way to turn the Surface brand into a huge money maker, where even Surface Go, which is a direct spiritual successor to the first Surface, sells like hotcakes. As for Android, you just contradicted itself! This is not new but is a reattempt. To regurgitate your exaggerative nonsense and throw it back at you, every time (exaggerating) Microsoft has tried something again after failing (prime example: think Windows 7, which they tried again after Windows Vista failed and became their biggest success since XP), they have succeeded. So I expect them to get it right this time around.
  • Kin, kinect, Windows RT, Zune, Band, Invoke (forgot the name), Windows phone... Need more? These are all products people gave money for and MS dropped them in no time. OEMs who got on board with some of these (windows phone and RT) were also left with a ton of unsold junk. Developers? Silverlight. These things cost money, rewriting even small amounts of code requires money, time and human resources and companies are less willing to jump on anything MS after being played so many times. Yes some things do stick (to the wall), but many drop so negativity is well justified.
  • Well if you think about it flash like silverlight are no more but mainly due to pressure to use html5
  • You did not mention WSL. Astoria helped to make WSL possible. Astoria failed because Windows Mobile failed but the work done on Astoria became one of the flagship features for Windows developers. And now if this article is accurate WSL may lead back to Android apps on Windows. Also Centennial was only for bringing Win32 apps to the store and it did just that. I don't know what else was expected but developers did bring their Win32 apps to the store. Blender, Affinity, Spotify, Krita, Paint.net, iTunes and many others are in the store. If anything it highlights how most modern consumer app development is not desktop development but rather mobile development. I would definitely like more modern and native apps in the Windows Store but the fact is Microsoft does not have a mobile platform for developers to target. Because of that Windows will be left out of most modern app development decisions.
  • Except posix, windows services for unix proceed that
  • Instead their hyper focused on cloud assisted apps
  • Would be nice if it works out this time. We had many of these code name projects for bringing Android apps to Windows before.
  • Better latte than never!
  • how many times is Microsoft going to try this
  • LOL,
    yeah, will this be cancelled like project Astoria.
  • Inherently this seems like it has potential; anytime the application universe can be expanded seems to be a no brainer. However, unless these Android apps can be ported in such a manner that they scale, format, function in a manner that is complaint with or emulates a typical Windows experience I am not sure how satisfying it would be to use Androids apps on a regular basis. Further, many mainstream Android apps can be duplicated by using a PC browser; install these as a PWA and you have something that is, functionally, identical. Games seem a natural area where this would be a win. I positive I am missing a number of the areas where being able to install and run Android apps on a PC makes complete sense. I would enjoy hearing from more knowledgeable commenters about the use cases, benefits, and such. For now, I open mindedly view this whole business as a solution looking for a need.
  • Except though not many web developers are competent ui-wise
  • Because 'Project Milk' sounds a bit **** 😂
  • I’d be surprised if many apps can function without Google Play Services or Google services more generally. Pretty hard to get away from in the Android space now. Still, nice to dream. Microsoft would need to pull their old tricks of paying devs to fork things, which might be more compelling if they buddied up with Huawei too
  • Yeah exactly. Can't see developers wanting to update their apps It'll have to be a quick port if it's going to be popular.
  • A couple of apps I’ve worked with have considered it for Huawei. You’d be surprised at how much of a hassle it is. So many apps have a map in them now, and you get that for free with Google or Apple. I assume you’d also get that for Microsoft, but you’d need to maintain two versions of your app from then onwards. This is a no-go unless Windows App Store usage erupts in popularity
  • Yeah exactly again. It'll only be apps that don't rely on Google services.
  • Here has been pushing their own & openstreet has been used by quiet a few devs
  • Very few apps need anything Google-specific. From a technical standpoint, MS has ready substitutes for nearly all of them. That said, no one develops for Windows anymore. It's a pure legacy OS, at this point.
  • Big question mark if developers will be interested firstly. Windows hasn't exactly been a tablet os win. It's what Surface Pro X badly needs though. Tablet apps.
  • No sh14. move to type c a miscalculation me thinks
  • How many times do we have to go through this song and dance?
  • Until it works.
  • This would be awesome! I hope they do it. Your Phone is a pretty janky app. Being able to integrate my phone and PC would be a productivity dream.
  • Extreme deja vu for anyone who's been a regular visitor to this site over the last 10 years. I bought Lumia 950 in 2015 on the basis that various bridges were imminently on the way, and that, coupled with continuum, was going to be the moment that windows reached app and feature parity with iOS/Android. Never happened. Devs just aren't remotely interested in having their apps on windows.
  • That's 5 years... Not 10...
    And things changed a lot internally, and externally... With other priorities that are more lucrative...
  • The promise was glorious.
  • The middle finger at carriers kinda steam rolled over any inroads they had
  • Lol I'm fascinated how people customers devs noobs geek nerds cats dogs love to hate Microsoft... Yet they keep growing... If devs didn't choose one of the worst OS ever invented (Android) , we wouldn't have that situation... Android is Linux done wrong.... I mean seriously wtf did you think when you backed that OS...?
  • "Free" and "install base."
  • Yeah android yes aosp no though the amount of work Samsung does to keep their apps on par without the google entanglements is commendable given that most oem's stopped maintaining their aosp apps years ago
  • I think Paul Thorott and Mary Joe Foley had some interesting pointers in this weeks Windows weekly, on this feature that would be nice for Microsft to consider baked in from the start. 1. Would provide more flexibity in choice of apps beyond the Microsoft store for people who want it.
    2.Many of the apps are a touch/input UI first. Windows is mainly a desktop mouse and keyboard input UI first. What will microsft do to make the interaction more seemless for desktop users. Will touchscreens become the new hardware norm? Or support more features to a surface dial (my suggestion)?
    3. By default the screens have a portrait phone sized windows. Will Microsoft consider tablet like expansion of android phone apps as a requirement for desktop compatibility and workflow? And will android app developers follow through?
    4. Connecting your phone with YourPhone is not always a smooth affair. Would it be better to build in the feature as an OS api instead of an app for a more seamless integrated experience? My take:
    - why does it work out today that this android support on windows works and was hugely controversial in the windows phone days. What changed?
    -Will Youtube be more flexible with their apis to make great Youtube app alternatives on android and the Microsft store and making downloading for offline viewing even more accessible without the legal red tape being such a worrying issue? It has its benefits for educational and situations where internet connectivity is not as accessible or cinnectivity is poor. This problem still exists in the real world today.
  • Windows Phone never supported Android apps.
  • It was only in preview, but yes it did. I used it and it worked nearly flawlessly. Amazing that MS dropped WP. They are doing great in the cloud, but as a consumer-facing company, I do not believe they will ever recover from that loss. Just wait until the next-gen M2 Mac gets a touchscreen. It'll be faster and have more apps available (because it'll run iOS apps perfectly) than any Windows PC, by a country mile. Windows has felt like a dead OS for almost 20 years now. Has there been one single new program (other than games and developer environments) that has released Windows-first in the last 20 years?
  • > because it'll run iOS apps perfectly The recent reviewer and user comments on that are not flattering. Apple did not prep macOS adequately for the move to support iOS apps.
  • Mary Joe Foley has always provided insightful assessments of things. I agree with the built in feature vice an app for YourPhone, but the you're also talking about a different logicstical dynamic. As "friendly" as Google has been playing with Microsoft, I would assume ultimately they would still want something that unequivocally still provides Andriod with all the control of their applications. As for why things aren't as combative between Microsoft and Google now as they were in the past, the projection of the direction of the company changed between Balmer and Nadella. Windows has been looking a little more Andriod like and I don't think that's necessarily a bad thing. It's about maximizing integration.
  • Sorry but for number 2 its the other way around. That fugly Frankenstein monstrosity that windows 10 is not the mouse & keyboard 1st hasn't been for a while
  • I bet there already are people running iOS apps on Windows 10.
  • I bet there aren't.
  • There are, in fact. Look up Launchbox. People have been running iOS emulators in conjunction with Launchbox for years now that let them play app games on their computers.
  • I herd bluestacks are working on their own middlewhere
  • Windows as the Universal OS that can run everything.. yes please. -m
  • "Microsoft will need to provide its own Android subsystem for Android apps to actually run"
    That's all fine and dandy for junk apps like "Blue Checkmarks Moaning" or TicToc or whatever. What about apps that actually need to interact with the file system? Will android file picker APIs get translated to call Windows File Picker? What about apps that rely on Google services, like maps?
  • Unfortunately, this won't do anything for Windows. I would have loved to buy a Surface tablet, but without apps, it doesn't seem very useful. Let's just look at Amazon tablets for an example of how this will go. No games I play will ever be published in the Microsoft Store under this project. So an iPad or Android tablet will still be much better than a Windows tablet. I just wish Microsoft cared more about touch first gaming. There isn't even a way to filter games in the Windows Store by primary input method. Such a sad state of affairs for people who want to use their touch first Windows device by actually touching the screen.
  • There aren't any Surface tablets, they're tablet PCs. The intention isn't to use them like you would iPads or Android. They're Desktop first devices with touch input when it's appropriate. Like web browsing, using Netflix etc.. All of which works just as well as it would on an outright tablet. People have misunderstood the strength of Tablet PCs. Add in the fact they're the slimmest and lightest laptops going you have a winning formula. Apple can only dream of making a PC as portable as Surface Pro X.
  • Microsoft sells the Surface Pro without a keyboard, indicating this should be a touch first device. The reality is that it is not good at touch first anything. I wish it was, because I think this form factor is the best. Without touch gaming available in the store, I wouldn't want to buy a Surface. Basically the messaging is all wrong on the Surface Pro. Microsoft can't seem to tell potential customers what it is and what it should be used for.
  • The reason why it does not ship with a keyboard is to give 3rd parties a chance to make their keyboard solutions (like Brydge).
  • Except that 3rd party stuff never sells
  • Apple made a PC as Portable as Surface Pro X , its Called iPad. Yes i know it runs the crippled iPad OS , but it can run MacOS any-day if Apple wishes to. When MS releases Windows 10X with Android App support , then we will have a descent UI along with Apps that finally are designed for touch control.
  • Keyword here being "any-day if Apple wishes to", so not going to happen since Apple wants to sell both their macbooks and ipads and not only 1 device.
  • Sure but then whats the point of m1 macs aside from locking out the hackintosh market
  • Apparently gamepass has that
  • Anything that "empowers" Windows 10 ecosystem is always good. But there are many unanswered questions. 1. For instance, how is Microsoft planning to provide the Android APIs required to run the Android apps on Windows 10? 2. Most Android apps are designed to run on a 6-inch form factor. The UI on such a device is basically a vertical stack panel. UI on Windows 10 is much more involved. It requires grid view and adaptive layouts. So, the assumption that it will be very easy to adapt Android apps on Windows 10 is not true. UI design on Windows 10 requires as much effort as designing the business logic. How many developers will be willing to do that? 3. The third major problem is "app security". Many banking apps have to implement various country specific regulations. For instance, in some countries, the banking apps can only be installed and used on the smartphone with the number linked with the bank account. Those apps are never coming to Windows 10. Although most PWAs on Windows 10 sucks, and they are basically a website minus other browser specific features that makes using that content more immersive, they are a savior for smaller form factors like Surface Neo and I think they provide a better option to companies than "Project Latte". I feel that it's too late for something like this, especially in a world without Windows mobile!
  • "It's unlikely that Project Latte will include support for Play Services, as Google doesn't allow Play Services to be installed on anything other than native Android devices and Chrome OS." Why would you need play services with App recompile for a different platform?
  • Many apps just straight up don't work if you remove Play Services since that includes many crucial APIs apps depend on. Many games will break without Google Play Games Services, anything with Maps won't work unless they replace the Google Maps API, many apps use specific location APIs so they might not be able to recognize your location at all, no in-app purchases without the Google Pay API, no ad API (which depending on how the app is coded, could crash the entire app if ads can't load), and just on and on. Like 95% of functions in any Android app relies on Google Play Services cause how many deep system level APIs that used to be part off Android itself are now tied to Play Services, if you remove it, basically no app will work and devs won't want to maintain a completely different version of the app that has less features or some APIs swapped out so likely no apps could be released for this.
  • ^This is false. Yes, some apps *by default* do use the Play Services for things like notifications but the applications themselves are not reliant on the services to run. A calculator, a game, a messenger, a media player, and a reader app will all work without Play Services. I know this from having modded Android devices for years now with custom Android OSes that do not include any Play Services and will run many apps without them. Further, Google Maps API is not Android centric and has been available since Windows 8 almost a decade ago (see here: http://www.creepyed.com/2012/11/15/how-to-use-the-google-maps-api-on-win...), and I would imagine the same is true for Google's ubiquitous ad API. For the cases where there is no Windows version of the API, since Android is open source, it would be straightforward for Microsoft to provide developers a drop-in tool that automatically converts Play Store application calls for Google Pay and Game services to Microsoft Store-comparable service calls.
  • Do it, Microsoft, so I can have a real Surface Phone.
  • @Hifihedgehog. I'm using Sailfish X running AOSP in emulation and I can attest that android apps do work without Google Mobile Suite integration. However, you don't officially have access to the Google playstore. The pull of Android for many users is the Google Playstore. However, in this case for Microsoft - Project Latte is a DOA as they have neglected to invest on tangible infrastructure for mobile. Primarily being, there is no actual payment service from Microsoft themselves that apps can tie into at the hardware level. The DUO does not even have NFC! Not to mention Microsoft will have to rework significant parts of the Windows ecosystem to enable integration as result opening an additional vector for malware. As well as scaling of Android apps and the fact Windows 10's tablet mode is nowhere close as the functionality of a proper tablet centric OS where Android apps make most sense. Android apps on a desktop o/s?? Seriously, what is Microsoft smoking? The only thing Project Latte serves to do is remove any incentive for an actual decent UWA from devs. It's going to be another throwaway tick box like the Amazon app store. Project Latte is DOA.
  • While most Android apps are designed to run on a phone sized screen and are designed for use on the phone, I can still see benefits to running these apps on Windows for the simple reason that if I need to interact with one of these apps, I don't need to pull my phone out of my pocket. If I just want to check something quickly, there's a big convenience factor in just launching the app from my PC if I'm already at my PC and my phone is in another room or I just don't want to get it out of my pocket. As far as running a phone-sized app on a full-sized laptop, this isn't a huge concern as the apps could just be locked to a phone-sized window. The only question would be any Google services that apps use that are strictly Google. I would have to hope that Microsoft would have done their homework on how many apps are dependent on Google services and how they might get around it. It's the steps I would take to ensure a "fail fast" approach to this project.
  • "the apps could just be locked to a phone-sized window" I'm using Contacts and SMS Organizer all the time on my laptop through Your Phone, and the phone window always snaps to the proper aspect ratio. It's perfect.
  • Might this allow Microsoft to put Windows on a future version of the Duo? I hope so.
  • So apps would need to be both GPS ripped out, be repackaged, and also be recompiled for x86-64? This idea is DOA for most devs unless Microsoft compensate Google for a GPS exception *and* also brings .apk/app bundles support to Windows. Problem is, Google have no incentive to cooperate with Microsoft, as they have their own desktop solution - Chrome OS - that already runs Android apps. One possibility is using MicroG and/or OpenGApps, but it's tough to build a robust solution around unofficial workarounds that could stop working at any time. The only bright side to all of this is Microsoft already has an elegant solution to the filesystem challenge. But on every other count it's just hard to see this not being a complete mess.
  • GPS ripped out does not necessarily tends to give problems with some apps (see Hifihedgehog comment below), especially since MS is obviously not expecting all Android apps to be ported over. Even if they only get like a few percent or a few big players it is a win.
  • @jdrch Microsoft can use their own Bing mapping services in lieu of Google maps. Also given Microsoft has no robust payment solution for mobile payments let alone a wallet app now as they screwed up mobile again by axing the mobile division, keeping Microsoft Pay locked to the US. The tablet experience is still not that great either. Not to mention these Android apps will have scaling issues for a long time. Unfortunately, Microsoft has no choice but to embrace the annoying full screen adverts that you see on Android and IOS. The only thing Project Latte does is remove any incentive for any developers to actually make a decent UWA. The easiest way to get apps is to make monetization easier and that was through a slow and steady progress with smartphones and tablets. Project Latte is DOA and a waste of time.
  • If this project succeed. Most People will buy Chromebook instead of windows. Android apps is new UWP apps. If this project failed. Microsoft is waste their time.
  • No it's not, this a solution in search of a problem. Microsoft will basically have to throw everything out and start from scratch. This also includes consoles and iot devices. Secondly, Microsoft will never get access to the playstore unless they want to be strangled by Google. Thirdly, Microsoft does not have a payment solution let alone a wallet app as they completely screwed that up too. So you can forget trying to hook apps into payment services APIs because they don't effectively exist. Importantly, Android apps don't scale well and Windows is primarily a desktop operating system - again primarily because Microsoft screwed up the transition to a touch centric operating system. Project Latte is DOA, it's a non starter and its never going to get anywhere.
  • Given Android apps will have UX scaling issues and interoperability issues across the Windows Ecosystem without substantial reworking and coding. Project Latte is DOA. Continuum would have been the awesome for this era of remote working but the damned bean counters in their infinite greed for short term gain chopped off any future revenue prospects by axing the mobile division.
  • Windows 10 applications have UX scaling and interoperability issues already. It will almost feel native.
  • The real killer will be the lack of Google Services. There aren't many phone app's I'd really like on my PC. Google Voice is certainly the only one that comes to mind but that isn't happening with this project.