Microsoft may add support for Android apps to Window and Windows Phone, The Verge reports, claiming the company is seriously considering opening up its desktop and mobile ecosystems. The software giant is apparently divided over the idea, with some arguing the best solution to its app deficit is to begin supporting Android apps, while others argue it could mark the beginning of the end for Windows.
The Verge doesn’t offer many details on how Microsoft would support Android apps, though the company could follow BlackBerry’s lead in allowing users to sideload apps from Google’s ecosystem. Whether the company chooses to manage the way consumers download Android apps itself or passes this responsibility on to another company is unclear, but Microsoft will likely only get one chance to offer a solution that wins over its users without putting its own platform in danger.
It’s not out of the realm of possibility, of course, especially if you consider that Nokia is rumored to be about to launch a new smartphone running Android instead of Windows Phone. While that device will likely hit emerging markets where Nokia would have otherwise sold Asha handsets, it does suggest that Microsoft has warmed up to some aspects of Google’s operating system.
In the end, Microsoft’s path forward will likely be decided Satya Nadella. The company’s new CEO has hinted that he’s open to bringing Microsoft’s own services onto competing platforms. So maybe Nadella’s also open to bringing a bit of Android into the Windows app store?