Several weeks ago, Microsoft unveiled a pair of SDKs intended to make it relatively easy for iOS and Android developers to port their apps over to Windows 10 (for mobile devices). Called Project Islandwood (iOS) and Project Astoria (Android), Microsoft envisioned its toolkits transforming Windows from an also-ran into the mobile space to a fleshed out platform, though the company may find itself in a standoff with iOS and Android developers who just aren’t interested in porting apps over to a platform that doesn’t have a lot of market share.
Ironically, that’s precisely the problem Microsoft is hoping to solve by offering up its toolkits. If iOS and Android developers port their apps over to Windows, it will flesh out the platform and, in theory, help boost its market share.
Be that as it may, only one out of more than a dozen app developers interviewed by Reuters has plans of porting an app over from Android or iOS to Windows. That app developer is , maker of Candy Crush.
Though the sample size is too small to reach a definitive conclusion, it doesn’t look all that promising. Eight of the developers Reuters spoke with said they aren’t planning to develop for Windows 10 at all, though four that already have Windows apps said they will continue to release ones for the platform.
According to market research firm Gartner, Windows held a 2.8 percent of the global smartphone market in 2014, compared to Android at 80.7 percent and iOS at 15.4 percent.
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