Microsoft wants to make it easier for devs to get Windows Store apps on Windows Phone and vice versa

Alex Wagner
Editorial Director of News and Content from  Omaha, NE
| Published: February 8, 2013

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There's some good news on the app front today for Windows fans, as a new Microsoft job listing suggests that the company is interested in making it easy for developers to bring their Windows Store apps for Windows 8/RT to Windows Phone and vice versa. The listing says that Microsoft is looking for a Software Development Engineer in Test to bring together the dev platforms for Windows Store and Phone and to help "bring much of the WinRT API surface and the .NET Windows Store profile to the Phone."

Mary Jo Foley of ZDNet notes that the developer platforms of Windows Phone 8 and Windows RT have a lot in common but aren't exactly the same, and while Microsoft has said that Windows Phone devs can reuse quite a bit of code in order to bring their apps to Windows 8/RT, apparently not all devs have found this to be the case. This new effort from Microsoft makes it sound like the company wants to cut down on the work required for devs to have their apps on both WP8 and Win8/RT, helping to unify the platforms and grow their all-important app counts in the process.

Of course, right now all we've got to go on is this job listing, so details of exactly how this process will work and when it'll become available are still up in the air. It sounds like a pretty major addition to Windows, though, and now that it's been suggested that Microsoft has a substantial "Blue" update headed to Windows Phone as well as Windows 8 later this year, that could be a good time for the company to implement such a change. Until we hear more, you can dissect the job listing at the Microsoft link below.

Via ZDNet, Microsoft