Windows to Support Android Apps?

Mary Jo Foley asks if Microsoft could or should enable Android apps on Windows.
I’d think it would be more to the point to support standard HTML5 / Javascript apps. as first class citizens in Windows.

  • It’s just as good a way to pick up a lot of developers.
  • ChromeOS and FirefoxOS developers can port their apps. easily. Not as big as Android, but a growing segment.
  • Microsoft already DO officially support Javascript and libraries like jQuery in their development tools so it doesn’t require either a) telling developers to use non-M$ tools, or b) sending a message that they’re abandoning C# for Java.
  • They can claim to be supporting a neutral standard rather than capitulating to a reality determined by a more successful rival.
  • They, in practice, will be supporting a neutral standard which helps to undermine rather than further Google’s dominance.
  • I’d rather write a dedicated Windows OWL app. in CoffeeScript than Java. 😉