Despite a new blog dedicated to the Windows 8 development process, details on the new operating system are still very sparse. One new feature, according to NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang, could be its ability to run applications built for Windows Phone devices.
In an interview with CNET, Huang revealed that he “believes” the Windows 8 operating system, which is designed for both PCs and tablets, will be capable of running applications built for the Windows Phone mobile platform.
Of course, Huang’s belief is by no means a promise of things to come, but you can’t help but wonder what kind of “insider info” Huang has been exposed to. Furthermore, this kind of feature seems to make a lot of sense for the Windows 8 OS.
As TechRadar notes, the platform’s ability to run mobile applications would help developers who are currently torn between developing apps for Windows Phone smartphones, and developing apps for Windows 8 tablets. This kind of feature would allow them to develop one app for your Windows smartphone, which will also run on your Windows tablet — despite having different operating systems on both.
Of course, this also has its downsides. While a mobile application may work quite nicely on a tablet — as iPhone apps do on the iPad — the idea of a mobile application running on a PC seems a little silly. I mean, it’s going to look dreadful if you stretch it to fill your display, and then there’s going to be all sorts of issues with the user interface — what with it being designed for touch-based input and not a mouse.
But forgetting the idea of a mobile application running on a 27-inch display, I like the idea of Windows Phone apps running on a tablet. Not only does it make things a great deal easier for developers, but it also means you don’t have to purchase the same application twice to have it running on two devices.
Are you hoping that Windows 8 has the ability to run your mobile apps?