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Windows 8 and the Android Developer

  • April 23, 2013
  • By Bradley Jones
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Developers building applications can't just look at today's platforms. They have to ask the question of what will be hot tomorrow as well. The mobile market has seen a lot of activity from players like Apple and Blackberry in the past; however, that market has evolved and continues to evolve. If you are a mobile developer, then  you need to determine which mobile platforms you believe will be around for the long haul and then developer your applications accordingly.

Microsoft is one of the biggest players in the overall development market. As such, when they enter the game, it is worth watching what they are doing. While they don't always score well in the first quarter, they tend to make major comebacks. For this reason, it is worth giving Microsoft's endeavors some attention. In fact, a year ago, Microsoft had zero market share in the Tablet OS market. This area was dominated by Apple. According to Strategy Analytics, Microsoft has increased their share of tablet operating system shipments up to 7.4% of the market.

We have been talking with Microsoft about their work in the mobile market. Microsoft believes there is a story to be told about targeting the Windows Phone platform. Obviously, they believe that the Windows Phone platform is one that Android developers should be considering.

On that note, we are talking to some of these Android developers who have taken the time to also look at Windows Phone 8. We've asked a few to share what they've learned. Articles are being created now. As each is written and posted, we will add a link to this page so that you can find them.

The first article we expected is about what is involved in porting an Android application to Windows 8. You can also expect articles from Android developers about why they chose to target Windows 8 and about what they expect to gain in porting from Android to Windows 8. Stay tuned because these articles are coming to Developer.com soon. We’ll list them below once they arrive!

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Tags: mobile development, Android, Microsoft, Windows Phone 8




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