If you were participating in our Hangout this afternoon, or just caught the replay afterward, you might have heard us touch briefly on one of our big dreams for Microsoft’s mobile device ecosystem, the ability for apps to run on both Windows RT and Windows Phone 8 models. If the Surface could run WP8 apps when it launched, the story of its struggles may have played out very differently. There still may come a day when we’ll get to see such cross-platform app support, at least according to a recent Microsoft job posting.
While the posting has since been removed, now marked as being filled, it was initially looking for a software engineer to work in the company’s Windows Phone division. The posting asked, “do you wish the code you write for Windows Store apps would just work on the Windows Phone and vice versa,” and explained, “we are the team leading the charge to bring much of the WinRT API surface and the .NET Windows Store profile to the Phone.”
It’s far too early to guess when Microsoft might be able to get the sort of cross-platform support this posting suggests actually implemented, but this is some really exciting stuff to see Microsoft talking about so openly.