So this happened. New management took over at Microsoft, and one of the first arguments that sprung up is whether to allow the company’s modern operating systems to natively run Android software.
The Verge is reporting that a number of high ranking Redmond executives are currently pondering whether to allow Windows powered desktops, tablets and phones the ability to run Android apps right out of the box. Totally out of the blue? You bet!
Interestingly, a number of Microsoft executives have expressed their support for this idea.
At the same time, there are some that believe that a strategy like this would result in major drawbacks for the Windows platform that could harm it completely. Internal discussions are still ongoing on this matter as of this writing.
The idea of Android apps running on Windows, however, is not new, and there are a couple of ways that you can do this on your Windows machine already.
Secondly, Microsoft is not the first company that would integrate Android support in its platforms. BlackBerry did the same with BlackBerry 10 — to less than stellar results, it must be said.
A move like this has two obvious drawbacks. First off, it would serious (and I mean seriously) lower interest in Metro apps. Considering just how much Microsoft has invested in making Windows apps a reality, and enticing developers to port their solutions, it would be a massive waste.
And for developers it would be the case of even more confusion.
The Verge writes that even if this plan goes through, it will only happen in 2015, by the time Windows 9 comes around. While Redmond will be in a better position to compete against Android devices with a move like this, the question here is at what cost?
Drastic measures for drastic times? Or the next logical step up? Let’s hear it!