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Windows 10 will be able to run Android and iOS apps

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Microsoft might finally be throwing in the towel, but in a smart way. The app scene for Windows has continued to be dismal at best. With roughly 90% of the market cornered by Android and iOS, developers see no need to put their resources into Windows until it shows significant growth.

Microsoft knows this and that is why they have announced something pretty significant with Windows 10. They released two development kits which will allow developers to port their apps and games to Windows universal apps. Android developers will be able to use Java and C++ code on Windows 10 and iOS developers will use their existing Objective C code.

Developers won’t need to rebuild their apps, but it won’t be as simple as pushing a button. On the Android side, developers will have to replace Google APIs with Microsoft APIs. The endgame is that once an app is ported (with little changes), it can be used with Cortana, Xbox Live, Holograms, Live Tiles, and more.

Originally, the plan was to only support iOS, but Microsoft wanted to make sure everyone on the planet is covered. By including both operating systems, they have 90% of the developers covered. I guess the big question will be if more iOS or Android developers will jump on this, and which OS will be easier to convert?

Are you more likely to buy a Windows phone with this news?

source: TheVerge


About the Author: Robert Nazarian

Robert lives in upstate New York where he was born and raised. Technology was always his passion. His first computer was a Radio Shack TRS80 Color that used a cassette tape to save programs, and his first laptop was a Toshiba T1200FB that sported a CGA greyscale screen and two 720kb floppy drives (no hardrive). From the early 90’s through late 2011, he only owned Motorola phones starting with the MircroTAC all the way through to the Droid X. He broke that streak when he bought the Galaxy Nexus. Now he's sporting a Galaxy Note 4, and absolutely loves it. He has a wonderful wife and a 6 year old son. In his free time he enjoys sports, movies, TV, working out, and trying to keep up with the rapid fast world of technology.


  • http://youtube.com/coolosertech ThaCooLoser

    I’d definitely give Windows a go. I think they have a sexy look to thier OS. Plus being able to use android apps and ios too. That’s a trifecta! Sign me up

  • Mia

    Windows is starting to look good. It can be my next phone.

  • Pedling

    No Google services and Apps, means no Chromecast support, No Android TV, bye Google books, movies, mags, music etc. etc..

    Windows 10 mobile will slowly die…