When Microsoft announced that Windows 10 will be able to accommodate code from iOS and Android, it made developers cheer, and for good reason; with 70 percent of the code able to be reused on the platform, porting apps to Windows was made even easier. Still, one has to wonder if some developers will continue to shun Windows, no matter how easy development is made.
While Snapchat may be jumping on board, Viber is already there, and RootMetrics is definitely interested, one developer that appears to be keeping quiet on its plans for the Windows platform is Tango, the developer of one of the world’s most popular messaging apps, which has kept the same stance on the platform that it’s had for years. The developer has been tight-lipped regarding its future plans for Windows, while releasing update after update on other platforms, including BlackBerry 10.
Tango isn’t the only developer by any means, but it’s certainly one of the biggest. Banking apps are also leaving a huge hole in the app gap, and it’s causing more than an inconvenience to users. Many are choosing to stay with Android and iOS until their financial institutions support the platform. Apps used for many jobs are also missing. Let’s not forget Google’s services, which will likely be the last arrivals in the Windows Store, if they ever come at all.
The fact is, Windows is still caught in the same catch-22 as its predecessors: the users won’t come if the apps are missing and the developers won’t make the apps if the users aren’t there. One of these two needs to move the needle, and the Android and iOS code compatibility in Windows 10 certainly has the potential of doing so, which in turn could lead to more users.
It’s too early to tell how successful Windows 10 will be, but what do you think? Which apps are keeping you, your family, or your friends from jumping to Windows from iOS and Android? Post your thoughts in the comments!