The common Project latte is typically a bit of a pricey choice down at the coffee shop, but now there’s a kind of latte you won’t have to pay for.
And no, I’m not talking about having someone give you a Starbucks gift card. Sounds like kind of a weird situation. Please buy me a gift card.
That’s right. I’m talking about Project Latte, a Microsoft Endeavor designed to get Android apps to run on Windows. But hold on a minute.
Isn’t it already possible to do that?
Well, sort of. Some apps can be emulated with third party programs, while others might have an equivalent in the Windows store that were specifically coded for Windows.
Facebook Messenger is a great example of this
But built-in support from Microsoft is a welcome change. If you have apps you’re always using that don’t have a Windows edition and should be more reliable than outside emulators.
But how does it work and what can you expect?
That’s what we’re here for. It turns out that Windows already has a feature built-in called Windows Subsystems for Linux or WSL.
WSL allows users to run a Linux environment within Windows, and although it’s primarily targeted at developers, it looks like Project Latte is going to be built on top of WSL as Android is a Linux based operating system.
In fact, Microsoft has already used WSL to add Windows support for GUI based Linux programs.
So giving users the ability to do more than just punch things in at a command line is a hurdle Microsoft has already cleared.
This would mean that instead of having to significantly recode apps for Windows instead of Android, developers could just port their apps over to Windows without having to change them much at all.
Hopefully, this will mean that we’ll see a lot of popular apps popping up on Windows soon after Project Latte drops.
And will almost definitely mean an experience less clunky than tethering to your PC with a temperamental your phone app know your phone.
However, there’s one major caveat to all this. Running an Android app properly isn’t just a matter of supporting Linux. A huge number of apps also rely on a set of APIs called Google Play Services,
Which you may have seen updating on your phone every now and then. No, your phone and wondered what the heck is in place. Services hook into apps in many different ways.
An app can ask place services to handle Sign in, retrieve save games, issue notifications through the Android OS, get app updates, access Google Maps, make payments, cash video to TV and much more.
Basically, if an app talks to Google services in any way, it goes through place services in order to do it.
And unfortunately, Microsoft can’t just slap place services on a project Latte unilaterally.
As for Now
Google restricts place services to devices running Chrome OS or Android. And even though Project Latte might be an Android-like layer sitting on top of Windows.
It doesn’t make your PC an Android device, according to Google. Anyway, of course, this doesn’t mean that project loyalty is suddenly just dead in the water or coffee, as it were.
There are apps that don’t rely on place services that should in theory work just fine from the get go.
And it’s not out of the realm of possibility that Google will allow Microsoft to Port Place services to Windows at some point.
App developers could also tweak their apps to run in a way that doesn’t rely on Google services, which will probably be less tedious than rewriting the whole app for an X86 platform.
But when exactly might we expect to see a project on machines?
For better or for worse?
The current rumor is that we could see it as part of a major Windows update in the fall. 2021. Until then, keep on swiping, and remember not to spill an actual latte on your keyboard.
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Source:- Microsoft Project Latte
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