Microsoft has made us a lot of promises, but can it actually deliver?

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Microsoft has had a lot to say about Windows 10, but actions speak louder than words, and the picture that the company has painted for us is a lot nicer than the actual product. Ignoring the fact that Microsoft’s plan to bring Android apps over to Windows 10 Mobile may have put on hold indefinitely, the company’s promise to turn Windows 10 into the first truly universal platform has yet to actually happen. The company is still committed to this promise, however, and CEO Satya Nadella has assured us that Microsoft is still working on unifying Windows 10, we just need to be patient. 

During Microsoft’s shareholder meeting yesterday, former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer criticized the Windows 10 Mobile app gap, and decried the company’s current strategy with the Windows 10 Universal App Platform (UAP), which allows Windows apps to be written once and target multiple hardware platforms. “That won’t work,” he said, while championing the notion that Microsoft should instead allow apps designed for Android to run on Windows 10 Mobile. However, Microsoft’s current CEO Satya Nadella has today reaffirmed the company’s commitment to Universal apps. In a recent interview with GeekWire, Nadella reiterated that the company’s goal is to offer a unified platform for personal computers, smartphones, the Xbox One, and HoloLens—one where they all share a common app platform and store. The approach should provide developers with the incentive to develop apps for Windows 10 as it will enable their apps to be written once and operate across all hardware devices available in the Windows ecosystem. Nadella also stated that while the company has had “different efforts in the past,” these efforts did not have the broad appeal and influence that Universal apps do. He asked for time so that the company can reap the benefits of its labor.

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