Microsoft has its own app store, its own style of app and is busy building an ecosystem that will be active across Windows 8, Windows Phone and Xbox devices. It seems almost unthinkable that the company would let an outsider into that neat little setup but a report by The Verge suggests otherwise. According to the report, Microsoft may be considering letting Android apps run on its native systems.
The report cites people “familiar with Microsoft’s plans as saying that the company is thinking about allowing Android apps to run on and become available from the Windows and Windows Phone app stores. There seems to be a split in the thinking about such a course of action, with some inside Microsoft saying that it could benefit their ecosytem and others taking the opposite view – that allowing Android in will lead to the demise of Windows altogether.
However, the report claims that such a move – should one be coming – is still in its infancy. There’s something to both sides of the arguement, Android on Windows could see fewer users dropping Windows in favour of the mobile OS but it could also extensively cannibalise some of Microsoft’s revenue streams. We’ll have to wait and see which one Microsoft thinks is more likely.
Source: The Verge