TechCrunch | 8 Jan 2017 15:06:33Microsoft is working on a “new” platform that would allow the company’s mobile apps to work on Android, a person familiar with the matter told Bloomberg.
Microsoft and Google are working to bring their popular apps to Android and iOS devices through the new Microsoft Azure platform, which was unveiled earlier this month.
The person familiar said Microsoft plans to make Windows Mobile the first platform for the new platform, and that it is working to develop a version for Windows 10 Mobile as well.
Microsoft Azure is a cloud-based, hybrid cloud service that lets developers and customers build applications and services on Azure.
Microsoft is in the process of expanding the platform, but the company is not currently making Azure available to developers.
Microsoft’s Azure service has a free tier, while developers pay for a paid Azure subscription.
The paid subscription costs $40 a year and lets developers use Azure to build mobile apps for the Windows platform.
Microsoft announced plans to expand Azure in March 2016, with plans to build a new version of Windows called Windows 10.
The company announced at the time that it was going to launch the first “cloud-native” version of the platform in 2019, with the goal of having more than 100 million Windows devices available.
Microsoft has been releasing new versions of Windows on Windows 10 for the past six months, but it has yet to roll out the free version to developers and users.