Windows 10 will be able to run Android and iOS apps

One of the major drawbacks of Windows is that the operating system lacks the quality and quantity of apps when it comes to mobile applications. Microsoft at BUILD declared that developers can now bring their existing code base for Android and iOS, which will allow them to port their apps and games to universal Windows apps.

Microsoft is assisting this via two new developer tools. iOS developers can bring their Objective C code, as Microsoft would be allowing developers to use their Java and C++ code on Windows 10. For Android developers, things will be very much like how Amazon handles Android apps for its Kindle Fire devices, as they also cannot connect to Google’s cloud.

A new Microsoft API that has been developed will be used to replace the Google API that apps need. Microsoft’s big fix out here is that without making major changes to the codebase, the developers will be able to influence its services like Cortana, Xbox Live, and much more.

Candy Crush Saga, a popular mobile game is a good example of this. Microsoft has ported the iOS code and designed a Windows app.

Microsoft also suggested ways for developers to convert websites and traditional Windows apps into universal Windows apps that will work across form factors. In addition, Microsoft is also adding support for iOS and Android apps.

Websites will be able to perform inside a universal app container and will also be able to make maximum use of notifications and things like in-app purchases.

According to Microsoft, Win32 and .NET will be converted to a universal app for desktop apps. To facilitate this, Microsoft is using its HyperV virtualization technology. As a result, Adobe Photoshop Elements, which is a traditional desktop app is coming to the Windows Store and will work like a universal app.

Under the supervision of CEO Satya Nadella, Microsoft is surely looking forward to exciting times ahead. Microsoft is preparing the pump and leaving no stone unturned to return Windows to its pre iPhone glory days. Whether this will work in Microsoft’s favour or not, only time can tell.

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