Because long articles are daunting people tend to TL;DR them and I need to acknowledge that. The point of this blog is not to get people to read long complex articles it’s to get ideas out there, conversations started and spreading the news. So if the articles are too long I’ll need to create shorter versions, obviously I’d prefer you read the longer article but I’m going to try to create a TL;DR for every article larger than approximately four-hundred words. I’m just going to make you wait a few days because I figure if you are going to read the full article you’ll do it within the first few days, after that I’ll capitulate to the rest of you and create a short bulleted TL;DR version but you’ll lose most of if not all the links to the sources, and no commenting on the TL;DR.. just FYI.

Original Article Here

  • Intro
    • MJ + Paul hearing about the possibility of Android apps running in the windows ecosystem
      • Nokia X playing into this
      • Looking at the possible scenario Microsoft would try to follow
    • Microsoft is still great and has advantages
      • End to end computing
      • Great tools
      • Is the consumer developer environment strong enough?
      • And will it win over consumers?
  • Two paths
    • If MSFT were to allow android on windows
      • It would level the field where it is strongest (with developers)
        • Not leveraging that advantage
      • Sacrificing developer advantage for app parody
      • Handing much of the fate of WP to a hostile google
        • Google will do everything in its power to make android on windows horrible
      • Consumer oriented developers will logically jump ship to google
      • Horrible plan
    • What can MSFT do?
      • Market is dictating the need for apps
    • MSFT can reset the board, and shift if to a zone where it has an advantage
      • Still some excitement around MSFT’s platform … wont last forever
      • Port windows RT and or WPRT to Android
        • Call it Windows-Android RT (WART) of course
        • Perfect name – the wart on the side of google and android annoying and feeding off of them
        • How? Starts with Nokia X, Cloud compiling and Xamerin
          • Ends with a Windows Phone Pro (AOSP fork) edition
  • The details
    • Why I’m posting this now
      • MJ collaborating rumors about MSFT buying Xamerin
      • I’ve been floating this idea around the web for ~2months with little traction
    • Once Microsoft owns Xamerin it can put its C# conversion abilities into the cloud compilations service
      • Allowing windows phone to work on android with about as much custom code between WP and RT
      • Just the first generation
        • Cause the core of these apps still would be running on ART
        • Eventually would make an open source version of its run time
          • Allowing it to customize android’s abilities eventually even adding Cortana
          • Like Samsung and the Tizen , Android game
      • Microsoft would allow or even offer to cut patent licensing for the manufacturers that include wart
      • Google’s obvious reaction would be to withhold PlayServices on these phones
        • This is where Microsoft catches those phones with the “X services” from Nokia X
      • The X services give MSFT an android store, MSFT is currently populating this store with standard app so at the start of X services the hit won’t be as bad.
        • Consumers get an advantage of getting an app on 3 platforms
        • Developers get 3 platforms
      • Following this path it can become a battle of which developer ecosystem is better and not which platform / ecosystem has a larger installed base a battle where Microsoft can stand a lot taller
  • Earning trust going forward
    • If Microsoft adopts the idea of a user interface for power users and average users.
      • a Windows Phone Pro (AOSP fork) edition becomes the power user mode and windows phone becomes the average user
      • android grew because of the power user, so now Microsoft is invested in both sides and developers can trust them
  • my aside
    • most of this is a pipe dream and won’t go as planed
      • but 1/8th of my plan is better than any android on windows
    • please leave your comments (NOT FOR TL;DR READERS)
    • please read my This.about page
      • understand my perspective
      • I’m not a writer
      • I’m a college student with a lot of ideas
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