Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Here's how Microsoft hopes to get Android and iOS phone apps into its Windows 10 Store | ZDNet

I'm guessing there are some busy Apple, Google, and Oracle intellectual property lawyers this afternoon

"On the Android front, Microsoft is adding a layer to its Windows 10 Mobile operating system that will allow Android Open Source Project (AOSP) to run as a subsystem -- similar to the way that it traditionally ran POSIX as a subsystem in Windows. Android developers will be able to submit versions of their apps, written in Java or C++, to the Windows Store in he form of APKs and have those apps work on Windows Phone 10 devices. Android developers should be able to start submitting apps to the Windows 10 Store some time in the next few months.

"Some people might call this emulation," said Operating Systems Group President Terry Myerson, in an interview at Build. "But it's really about subsystems (although) there are aspects of emulation in here."

On the iOS side, Microsoft has developed an Objective-C compiler which will enable iOS developers to recompile their apps so they can work on Windows 10 Mobile devices. That compiler will be available to developers as of today, April 29."
Here's how Microsoft hopes to get Android and iOS phone apps into its Windows 10 Store | ZDNet
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