Windows 8 won’t be compatible with Windows Phone 7 apps

News 11:11, 25 Jan 2012

Windows 8 may not run Windows Phone 7 apps after all, claims analyst

Prominent mobile tech blogger Eldar Murtazin has caused a bit of a stir with an allegation on Twitter over Windows 8 app compatibility.

Murtazin claimed that Microsoft’s forthcoming PC and tablet platform won’t be compatible with Windows Phone 7 apps, despite sharing its Live Tile interface and design.

He suggests developers will need to re-write apps from Windows Phone 7 for the new platform.

Shortly after Microsoft’s reveal of Windows 8 at the company’s Build conference in 2011, Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang claimed Windows 8 would run apps built for Windows Phone 7.

It’s one man's word against another here. We know Murtazin has plenty of industry contacts but we wonder if his reach is as extensive as the CEO of a major chip manufacturer.

The difficulty here is both have made claims about tech developments in the past which have ended up not bearing fruit.

We’re wearing our optimist hat for this one and siding with Huang’s original claim. It doesn’t make a great deal of sense for Windows 8 to share its design and interface with Windows Phone 7 but not be cross-compatible on apps.

Sponsored Links