Proof that Windows 8 may run Windows Phone apps

Proof that Windows 8 may run Windows Phone apps
There have been rumors for a while that Windows Phone 8 apps would work all the way up to the Windows 8 desktop environment, but we haven't actually had any confirmation that this functionality would exist. We have known for a while that Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 would share the same kernel, which meant that this functionality was always possible, but now, we have a bit of proof that apps will transcend devices.

Ever since the Windows 8 Preview Release was released last week, code monkeys have been digging through looking for any interesting tidbits that could be gleaned from the code, and one came across a Compatibility Switch line which is checking "IsAppEarlierThanWindowsPhone8". This seems to suggest some sort of compatibility between Windows 8 and WP8 apps, although it could just be common code used on Windows 8 tablets, but not desktops. 

Either way, the answers seem to be coming on June 20th, when Microsoft unveils Windows Phone 8 and what to expect. What do you guys think: would you want to have access to the now 100,000+ apps of the WP Marketplace on your desktop?

source: MyDigitalLife via WMPU



1. greatGreekGeek unregistered

first give me some basic smartphone features. then give me some cool apps. and maybe then i would think about super syncing my cellphone and my desktop. order is very important, Microsoft. lets just hope that ms actually implements stuff according to the hype its lately been trying to create.

3. ChiX017

Posts: 308; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

they do already have some of the things you ask for, they've passed basics, now going advanced

12. Penny

Posts: 1871; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

First do a little bit of research, then formulate an opinion, then state the opinion publicly. A recommended order of operations to avoid revealing your ignorance to the public. (And I don't mean "ignorance" in a derogatory way; I just think you made a judgment without actually taking a proper look at WP7.)

13. greatGreekGeek unregistered

oh well mr penny wise actually you know what i do have this samsung windows phone that i've been using since a few months. so maybe i am beyond that level of ignorance that you so scientifically pointed out. a few weeks ago phonearena posted an article written by some guy indicating about a hundred wp 7 drawbacks. you might just wanna check it out, you know? and oh my! my stupid "ignorance has gone public"! like tomorrow there'll be press reporters at my home..haha

14. Penny

Posts: 1871; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

Yeah, I read through that article. There were definitely some valid points in that list, but if you were familiar with your Samsung Windows Phone, you would know that some of them were not true at all. Either way, your comment was referring to "basic smartphone features" and "some cool apps," both of which are present with Windows Phones as they currently are. To name a few basic features, we have E-mail, web browsing, talk, text, voice navigation, visual search, calendar, Exchange, MS Office, good camera, cloud storage integration, social media integration, text & social media messaging, music player/streaming service, XBOX Live integration, contact groups, text scanning/translation. In the apps department, we have many of the major players, a good selection of games, and plenty of our own exclusives, ranging from fun pastimes to serious productivity to simply cool.

2. IDC_again

Posts: 3; Member since: Jun 06, 2012

Can WP7 run WP8 apps? When WP8 come, WP7 will be left... LOL... MS FAILED!!!

4. ChiX017

Posts: 308; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

no, u should check an article published earlier this week. MS not updating WP7 sucks! buh it is worth it in the long run, they platform needs a jump, and not all devices can come along :(

5. jackhammeR

Posts: 1548; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

do all andro phones will be updated to ics? No. android fails.

6. DigitalBoy05

Posts: 279; Member since: Jun 04, 2011

do all iphones get the same features when new versions of iOS come out?... No do all app store apps work on all iphone models?... No

7. QinEmpire

Posts: 145; Member since: May 16, 2012

It does for iOS, lol. Take instagram for Android for example, after 3 updates its still incompatible to device like gs3, one x, crashing upon launch. It just works magically on the first version to all IOS. fail fandroid.

10. DigitalBoy05

Posts: 279; Member since: Jun 04, 2011

sarcasm was lost on you. there isn't a platform out there that guarantees compatibility indefinitely.

11. wassup

Posts: 565; Member since: Jun 23, 2011

does Infinity Blade II run on the original iPhone, no. STFU, because Android can play those fancy Tegra 3 games even on the G1.

8. QinEmpire

Posts: 145; Member since: May 16, 2012

Oh I find your comment pathetic , it says everything about Android ironically.

9. DigitalBoy05

Posts: 279; Member since: Jun 04, 2011

also have to point out the irony that in your profile you have the motorola photon as a phone you "want" I understand you dont have a iphone and that you seem to lean torwards nokia symbian phones but nokia is dropping that platform in a couple years.

15. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Microsoft has for time wanted create an operating system that could be used to run many devices and work with each other.Folks Smart phones today are really hand held computers as powerful as many full desktop computers were in the year 2000. if you don't believe me just check out the specs of the desktop computers in the year 2000. since smart phones have so much computer power Microsoft can put a smaller version of their full desktop operating system on a smart phone and it will run nicely. I suspect if a Windows phone 8 APP writer writes his APP in the right code a Windows desktop computer will run it because a Windows 8 Smart phone uses the same code it uses. the question is how good will a Windows 8 smart phone App look on a 19 to 24 inch desktop monitor folks I have a feeling one of these days we will soon find out!

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