Android apps on Surface Pro. A good idea or not?
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Android apps on Surface Pro. A good idea or not?

Surface ProThe Microsoft Surface Pro has its work cut out for it if it is to compete in the Tablet arena…sure you can run all Windows applications which is great but, tablet type apps the kind we expect on the tablet are pretty thin in the Windows ecosystem. How about Android apps on Surface Pro.

announcementSo, you would think it would be a great idea to be able to run all 750,000+ Android apps on the new Microsoft tablet. This feat is made possible by the latest version of Bluestacks  Android App player optimized for Windows 8 and Surface Pro. Now if you haven’t heard of Bluestacks, here is a little background:

So if you just bought a Microsoft Surface Pro you will probably think it is great  to have access to all these apps and wonder why Microsoft didn’t include this feature with the tablet. It is a huge dilemma, Tablet users want apps so why not run Android apps, that is why the world’s biggest PC maker Lenovo is preloading Bluestacks App Player  its Idea-Brand consumer PCs . Trouble is, native apps are the cornerstone of any  new platform, and Microsoft needs to encourage developers to build compelling apps for the Surface platform, apps that will encourage people to adopt this new platform and buy new hardware.

Suddenly the short term gain of 750,000+ new apps doesn’t look like a good idea. Developers whom Microsoft is encouraging to write apps for Windows 8 Tablets will say “why bother” when they can focus all their energies on the more profitable Android and iOS apps. The end result is none or very few new native apps for Windows 8 devices so eventually users will opt for an Android device rather than run Android apps in an emulator on a Surface Tablet and Microsoft’s gamble on Tablets comes to an ignominious end.

What do you think?  Is the ability to run Android apps on Windows 8 Tablets and PCs a good idea or will it kill the idea of a Windows 8 Tablet? Let me hear your thoughts in the comments section below.


Bob Benedetti

Former RCAF Fighter Pilot Bob worked for CTV Montreal as a Reporter, Producer and Executive producer for 35 years retiring in 2004. Bob started reporting on personal technology in 1995 at CTV and continues today at Home Technology Montreal

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