Windows 10 Will Support iOS And Android Apps

By on May 12, 2015

Microsoft and their latest release Windows version 10 are all over the news because of so many reasons; first of all, this is last version of Windows and Microsoft is not going to develop the next version. Secondly, as this is the last version, Microsoft is going to make it the ultimate one with ultimate features and innovation people want to see. That’s why they have skipped version 9 in order to give a clear message. On the other hand, Microsoft has taken some unusual decisions that will obviously define the future of mobile computing.

According to the company’s officials, Windows 10 will run iOS and Android apps and games. Although this is good news for users who love all these platforms but in reality it is not as easy as it sounds, from user prospective as well as from business point of view. Amazingly Microsoft is not the first company to support apps and software from other platforms. Actually IBM did that few decades ago and BlackBerry has been doing this for quite some time.

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IBM developed OS/2 that was advertised as a better operating system with capabilities to run Windows software. Obviously that seems a good plan but actually it didn’t work out as planned. Although OS/2 was more stable and better performer than Windows but the issue was in the core of this idea. On the other hand, BlackBerry 10 supports Android apps and users can download and install Android apps and games from Amazon App Store on their BlackBerry 10 devices.

Unfortunately IBM OS/2 and BlackBerry 10 experienced unexpected failure and the reasons were quite simple and straight forward. First of all, supporting a foreign platform or operating system means that the native apps and software are on their own and developers have no interest to develop apps for the native platform because they simply prefer platforms that are established and have more users. It means developers don’t even need to learn the native operating system because they can develop apps and games in the foreign platform.

Developers didn’t created software and apps for OS/2 itself and they are still not developing apps and games for BlackBerry 10. It doesn’t seem like a big issue for now but a foreign platform can change its policies and kill the native platform anytime. While IBM was busy promoting their OS/2 as a compatible operating system for Win 16 applications, Microsoft was busy developing Win 32 that simply killed OS/2 few years later.

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4 Comments

  1. Lily

    May 15, 2015 at 8:31 am

    Windows is doing a great job! They have better performance than OS/2 and are far better in many other things!

  2. Teona

    May 18, 2015 at 11:39 am

    It’s so cool for the developers that they are not limited to the native operating system but develop games and apps in foreign platforms.

  3. Maria

    May 18, 2015 at 11:59 am

    I don’t really get all this.. Somehow vague to me :/

  4. Clarissa

    May 26, 2015 at 8:51 am

    Why did they decide not to make any new updates and versions?

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