I must admit this, and I know I have, many times, right here for you my dedicated readers.
I really – really miss my Windows Phone. I am using a iPhone 6 right know and it bothers me. in a big way. I use it for one reason only. Sadly It literally has all of the apps I need for my job and one very important app my wife says I need, Disney Experience. I am left scratching my head wondering why Microsoft cannot figure the whole app thing out. It’s not that hard. People wants apps, and they usually choose their smartphone exclusively on the availability of the apps they want. Maybe Microsoft is starting to get it. Just maybe.
Have no doubt. Windows Phone I do miss yo… badly. Microsoft, listen to me closely, there is no doubt your operating system is superior to both iOS and Android. However please figure out the who app problem before it’s too late.
Maybe there is some hope as this article suggests.
Is this more false hope? I am not sure but it looks like developers of iOS and Android apps will soon be able to bring their apps and games to Windows 10, Microsoft’s next operating system that’s designed to run on Windows Phone, laptops and other devices, the company announced at its Build developer conference this week. Windows 10 is expected to arive sometime this summer, but phones running Windows 10 are not expected until a later in 2015.
Four new software development toolkits will allow developers to bring their code for iOS, Android, the Web, .NET, and Win32 to the Windows Store with “minimal code modifications” Microsoft promised.
Developers will start with a code base, such as Android or iOS, and integrate that with the Universal Windows Platform capability, then distribute the new app through the Windows Store.
The four new toolkits will enable code already built on websites with .NET and Win32, with Android Java/C++ and with iOS Objective C, Microsoft’s Terry Myerson, vice president of operating systems, said in a blog.
As an example of this, Adobe will bring its Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements apps to the Windows Store by using the new toolkit for Win32 apps, Myerson said. Today, there are 16 million Win32 apps, and Microsoft is looking forward to having them grow their distribution by coming to the Windows Store, he added.
In another example, the Candy Crush Saga game was ported to Windows Phone with “very few code modifications” to its original Objective C code with the Objective C toolkit, he said. The Universal Windows Platform will also enable apps to become holograms.
Having the relatively easy capability to convert iOS apps, and especially Android apps to Windows Phone, could help Microsoft, but even this new ability will take some time and I am not sure, but I fear Microsoft is out of time when it comes to improving smartphone adoption.
I am crossing my fingers for Microsoft, because as I have said…. I really – really miss my Windows Phone.