As Windows 10 continues to expand its share of the global personal and enterprise computing market, tech giant Microsoft is reportedly working on a project that will deliver a cross-platform operating system that will actually challenge Google’s Android.

Until a few months ago, Google was working on a project named Andromeda, which would have seamlessly merged Android with the Chrome operating system. In mid-2017, Google officially announced its intention to retire the Andromeda project in favor of working on a solid method of making Android apps run on Chrome OS. Now it seems as if Microsoft is working on an Andromeda OS project of its own as the company abandons all efforts that are not related to Windows 10.

Rumors of Potential Microsoft Windows Development

According to reports by various websites that publish insider news related to Microsoft, the company is very interested in stopping development and maintenance of all Windows versions other than Windows 10. The idea is to allocate as many development resources to the Andromeda OS project, which is supposed to be a concerted effort to challenge Android supremacy.

The Windows operating system may power more desktops, laptops, workstations, and embedded devices than any of its competitors, but it does not hold a candle to Android. The bottom line is that Android has a larger presence than Windows because it is installed across millions of mobile phones, tablets, smart appliances, televisions, toys, and myriad other devices. Microsoft would like to get some of this market share, but the company will have to make some concessions.

If you are the owner of a Lumia smartphone or any other device powered by Windows Mobile or Windows 10 Mobile, the chances are that you will be supported by Microsoft until 2018. In fact, if you use any device that is not powered by Windows 10 or Windows 10 S, you may stop getting support sometime between now and 2010. The reason for this deprecation of support is that Microsoft wants to concentrate on the Andromeda OS project to the point of developing an operating system that will be not only compatible with Windows 10 but also is able to work on any platform.

It is not yet clear whether users of Windows Mobile and Windows 10 mobile will be able to upgrade to the new Andromeda OS once it is released and properly named. In the meantime, if you own a desktop or laptop that runs Windows 7 or 8.1, you may want to contact PC Performance Pros in Victorville to discuss your upgrade options.