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Microsoft is 'seriously considering' bringing Android apps to Windows

Firm could be looking to Google's rival software to turn around its fortunes
Wed Feb 12 2014, 16:29
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SOFTWARE HOUSE Microsoft reportedly is 'seriously considering' allowing Android apps to run on its Windows and Windows Phone operating systems.

That's according to The Verge, which has heard from sources familiar with Microsoft's plans that the company is mulling the prospect of bringing Android apps to both Windows and Windows Phone in order to win over new customers.

We're unlikely to see Android apps appearing on Windows or Windows Phone any time soon, however. The report notes that some Microsoft staffers are all for simply enabling Android apps in the Windows and Windows Phone stores, while others believe it would be the death of the firm's Windows and Windows Phone ecosystems.

Such a move, while it seems unlikely, could make sense for Microsoft. Its app stores, both on Windows and Windows Phone, are lacking, and the lack of Flappy Bird only highlights this. What's more, as The Verge notes, Android apps running on Windows devices are nothing new as such, with Intel and AMD both pushing dual operating systems that allow hardware makers to run Windows and Android simultaneously.

The report notes that it's unclear whether Microsoft is looking to partner with either Intel and AMD to assist with its rumoured effort to bring Android apps to Windows, but sources close to Intel reportedly let slip that the chipmaker has been pushing Microsoft to offer Android apps in its Windows Store.

Adding further weight to this speculation is talk of the anticipated Nokia X, a budget smartphone device running a forked version of Android. According to recent reports, Microsoft has given Nokia the green light to go ahead and launch the device at Mobile World Congress (MWC) later this month, hinting that it's not too averse to the idea of experimenting with Google's rival mobile operating system.

What's more, although making apps available on Blackberry 10 didn't work out so well for Blackberry, The Verge noted that Nokia ships a lot more handsets than the struggling Canadian phone maker.

Microsoft has yet to comment on the report. µ


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