Windows® Phone 7 apps may run on Windows® 8, hints Microsoft®
It is been reported that Microsoft may allow un-modified Windows Phone 7 apps to run without any hassle on Windows 8 devices. If this happens then the users of Windows Phone 7, who are planning to upgrade to Windows 8 tablets, can enjoy all the 70,000 Windows Phone 7 apps. In short, this decision of Microsoft will make the transition of Windows Phone 7 users to Windows Phone 8 much easier than expected.
The basis of these reports is an app called I’m A WP7. This app reports the version numbers of operating systems that run the app. In the image given here, you will notice that the first two entries are for Windows Phone 7, but the last entry reports that Windows 8.0 Desktop version 6.2.8283.0 also uses this app. The current public build of Windows 8 Consumer Preview is 6.2.8250.0, which is lower than that displayed by I’m A WP7 app. So, there is more probability that Microsoft is trying out Windows Phone 7 apps on internal builds of Windows 8.