By Adam Z. Lein | January 23, 2012 8:20 PM
Here’s a nice rumor started by Nvidia CEO Chief Executive Jen-Hsun Huang as reported by CNET. He says that Windows 8, Microsoft’s next desktop and tablet operating system, will support running Windows Phone 7 applications. I’m not sure if I would believe that it will run un-modified Windows Phone 7 apps since many desktop computers don’t have some of the sensors required by certain phone apps. Accelerometers for example won’t always be found in Windows 8 PCs. Personally I’m thinking the more likely scenario would be the ability for developers to re-use 95% of the code designed for a Windows Phone 7 app in a Windows 8 app using exactly the same development tools. This would likely be a huge advantage to developers wanting to design apps that work on Windows Phone, Windows Tablets, Windows PCs, and maybe even Xbox.
What do you think? Will Windows 8 support straight up Windows Phone 7 apps or will they require some subtle modifications?