The Windows 8 platform, which is going to be Microsoft’s next venture in mobile and PC platforms, may also provide support for mobile apps from the Windows Phone OS, which is expected to give a competitive edge to the software giant as devices are catching on to the trend of getting increasingly integrated with each other.
During a media interview, Jen-Hsun Huang, the chairman of Nvidia accepted that it was possible that mobile apps will run on the laptops and desktops based on Windows OS. Microsoft has redesigned Windows 8 right from scratch to be more tablet friendly as it gears up to release its biggest operating system update since Windows 95 came out. Windows 8 is also expected to support ARM microchips which are very common in mobile devices.
News media have reported the Nvidia CEO as saying that the apps developed for Windows Phone 7 will also likewise run on the Windows 8 platform, which has been designed uniformly for both tablets and PCs. It is possible that Huang was referring to the Jupiter standard which is a codename designated to a new platform designed for Windows 8 apps which allows the platform’s developers to develop apps in any programming language which is Microsoft friendly and then translate it into formats such as HTML5 which are mobile friendly.
It has been reported since a long time that Windows 8 will provide a direct integration between desktops and mobiles; however, this possibility looks all the more likely after the recent comments made by a very influential hardware manufacturer. Analysts believe that if this is true, both Windows 8 and Windows Phone will gain tremendously.
Even as Windows Phone has been struggling to gain even a small portion of the mobile market against its competitors such as Apple Inc., the Windows OS still remains the most common platform for PCs around the world and is expected to sell very well when the new version is released. The capability of Windows 8 to run Windows Phone apps is believed to give the developers an advantage as they will now be able to offer their apps to a much wider market.
A bigger market for the Windows platform apps will incentivize even more developers to create apps for the standard, in turn making the platform more attractive to the users. It might also be possible that this makes the tablets which will run the Windows 8 OS more likely to succeed.