SweetLabs also has offered Windows users a way to load Android and other non-native Windows apps on their Windows machines. With its Pokki suite, SweetLabs provides users with an app store and a game arcade (along with a Start Button/Start Menu). The Pokki app store lets users download from a single location traditional PC desktop apps, Windows Store apps, third-party Web/social apps and "unique" Pokki-customized versions of apps like Instgram and Twitter.
The biggest issue for Microsoft, in my view, would be how to explain its new Android-embracing strategy to its existing developer base. Why should developers still bother writing apps for Windows -- and especially the fledgling Windows Store/Metro Style market -- if they could simply write to the larger Android marketplace and have their apps available on Windows? Microsoft currently doesn't allow legacy Windows apps to be downloaded from the Windows Store right now. (They can be listed but not downloaded from there.) Should Android apps get a leg up in this respect?
One Windows Store app developer, Brandon Paddock -- the developer of my favorite Windows 8 Twitter client Tweetium -- wondered aloud whether Microsoft might simply be looking to allow Android games on Windows, not necessarily other kinds of apps. Even if the team were to only allow Android games onto the platform, I still think such a move would be a huge demotivator for Microsoft's established developer base.
What do you say, Microsoft developers and users? Would you be in favor of Microsoft bringing Android apps to Windows and Windows Phone? Why or why not?