Report: Microsoft thinking of allowing Android apps on Windows/WP

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Sources tell The Verge, which has provided plenty of Microsoft (MSFT +1%) scoops over the last two years, the software giant is "seriously considering allowing Android apps to run on both Windows and Windows Phone."

Employees are said to be very divided, with some going as far as to support having Android apps in the Windows/WP app stores, and others fearing doing so "could lead to the death of the Windows platform altogether."

The report comes a month after Intel (INTC +0.5%) and its OEM partners showed off Android/Windows hybrids at CES, albeit without either Microsoft or Google's backing. It also comes amid reports Nokia is planning to launch a low-end Android phone featuring Microsoft/Nokia services and a Windows Phone-like UI.

Many already expect new CEO Satya Nadella to shake up Microsoft's mobile strategy, with an eye towards increasing support for rival mobile platforms. The Verge doesn't have any details on Nadella's views on the matter.

Android app support would allow Microsoft to tap into a developer ecosystem that easily surpasses the ones for Windows Phone and Metro-style Windows apps. If it happens, Google's Android apps/services almost certainly won't be part of the package.