Windows 10 Jailbreak May Render Microsoft Irrelevant—Again

Project Astoria, among othes, has put Microsoft in a sketchy situation right now

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For now lots of Android apps are still crashing on Windows 10 but that may very well change soon.

Microsoft has certainly revived itself with Windows 10. In fact, they have done so well that they were even able to post double digit growth for their phones in some markets since Microsoft rolled out its first phone in 2010.

They were able to purchase Nokia and are now due to unveil new Lumia phones jacked up with its brand new OS. There are now 75 million users of Windows 10 as well.

Everything is looking peachy except that in its race to keep up with Android and iOS, Microsoft may have done itself in. In what many called Microsoft’s “suicide note” several months back, it was revealed that Microsoft is allowing Android binaries to run unchanged on Windows 10.

It was a ploy to attract developers into the fold and was codenamed Project Astoria. It was intended to quickly close the “app gap” that dogged Microsoft. As everyone knows, Windows was and still is lacking a pool of native apps.

The jailbroken Windows 10 phones, unfortunately for Microsoft, seem to be porting to Android a bit too easily to the point that apps running on Windows 10 just might eventually be constituted of Android apps.

For now lots of Android apps are still crashing on Windows 10 but that may very well change soon.

Clearly, this was not the point that Windows 10 was trying to convey. This one Polish guy was even able to install Google Play directly into his Windows 10 phone and there is a whole developer thread alive and kicking devoted to this. Click here.

Sure, Microsoft is successfully transferring some of Blackberry’s users to their side, but the real targets are iOS and Android.

Another example: the Amazon app is running pretty well on Windows 10. In case you have not heard, Amazon Underground is literally trying to undermine Google Play by offering some of its "freemium" games and apps FOR FREE, for real.

What this means is that in-app purchases are now shouldered by Amazon and, as an incentive to developers who profit from in-app purchases, they will be paid $0.002 per minute that people use their apps.

Some games offered “actually free” by Amazon include Fruit Ninja, Star Wars: Recon Missions, Angry Birds Slingshot Stella, Jetpack Joyride, and Goat Simulator. Significant apps like OfficeSuite Professional 8 are also available already.

If Amazon is successful in this aggressive market share grab from Google, then that makes Windows 10 even more vulnerable to obsolescence.

Sure, Microsoft is successfully transferring some of Blackberry’s users to their side, but the real targets are iOS and Android.

iOS is notoriously difficult to install apps to unless from the App Store. This means that it will be Microsoft, Google, and Amazon who will be duking it out for the number one spot. Or number two, depending on who you are rooting for.