Project Latte: How Microsoft wants to integrate Android apps into Windows 10

Windows 10 may soon be able to run mobile apps designed for Android. Update on the technical details that allow this porting.  Microsoft is working on a software solution that would allow app developers to run their Android apps on Windows 10 with little or no code changes. How? 'Or' What ? By packaging them as an MSIX app package format and allowing developers to submit them to the Microsoft Store. The project is codenamed " Latte ," according to Windows Central, which says it will go into production next year. Microsoft had already tried to put Android applications under Windows 10 with the Astoria project, which has since aborted. The Latte project is probably powered by the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL). But Microsoft will need to provide its own Android subsystem for Google's OS apps to actually work. Microsoft has announced that the WSL will soon be compatible with GPU acceleration, which should improve the performance of applications runnin

Apple and Google develop joint coronavirus contact tracking tool

It's almost unheard of in the modern IT world: Apple and Google have come together to develop contact tracking tools to help stop the spread of coronavirus. To stem COVID-19, all goodwill is welcome, including those who are not used to working together. Apple and Google have announced a joint effort to enable the use of Bluetooth to help governments and health agencies better fight the coronavirus.

Apple and Google develop joint coronavirus contact tracking tool

An interoperable platform

Contact tracing is one of the main tools to limit the spread of the coronavirus, as determined by a large number of public health authorities, universities and non-governmental organizations. But the latter come up against a technical obstacle that the two companies want to remove: interoperability between iOS and Android. This is why Google and Apple will launch a solution that will make it possible to trace the chains of transmission.

In May, the two groups will launch programming interfaces (APIs) to facilitate communications between iOS and Android devices. These APIs can be used by health authorities so that they can be integrated into their applications. Users can then download them from the respective app stores on both platforms.

Next, Apple and Google will integrate this Bluetooth tracking technology within their operating systems. A solution "more robust than an API", explain the partners, which has two objectives: the participation of a larger number of people on a voluntary basis, as well as better interaction of a more ecosystem of apps extended with health authorities.

In addition, the two manufacturers make a vow of the utmost respect for privacy, transparency and consent. Apple and Google will take care of this, in collaboration with governments and agencies. It is possible to consult the infrastructure documentation, as well as the specifications for Bluetooth and cryptography on this site.