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Microsoft may finally be ceding the mobile app market to Android. Today The Verge is reporting that Microsoft is having internal discussions about enabling Android apps on Windows smartphones. The move could make sense for Microsoft, since the software giant’s primary goal is to promote Windows software as a platform that be used on both PCs and mobile devices. If inclusion of Android apps boosts adoption of the Windows platform, Microsoft could see this concession as a small price to pay.
Already, the company is expected to be marketing an Android smartphone, after it completes its acquisition of Nokia’s handset business. Nokia was already at work on an Android phone when Microsoft agreed to buy its device unit.