Surface, W8 Gets BlueStacks, Delivers 750,000 Android Apps

BlueStacks, a firm that delivers Android applications to PCs and Macs, has released the final version of its Windows 8 App Player, which is designed for Surface tablets and other devices running Windows 8.

Owners of the tablet who have Microsoft's latest operating system Windows 8 installed will now be able to run more than 750,000 apps coming from Google's mobile platform Android.

Android navigational buttons, including the Back and Home options, can be displayed as a Charms menu seen on the right. BlueStacks also enables the ability for users to run the Android applications on a full screen.

"The Surface Pro is an innovative device, but it has none of the top apps," said BlueStacks CEO Rosen Sharma. "This fixes that and adds a lot of value for buyers." Microsoft's Windows 8 app store currently offers over 35,000 apps.

"We have had a lot of people write us that they were on the fence about getting a Surface Pro, and were waiting for something like this," John Gargiulo, BlueStacks VP of marketing told TechCrunch.

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  • s3anisterThis is really great news for Microsoft. The lack of apps was the only thing I saw as a negative against Win 8 devices and now that's less of an issue.


    I thought everyone was saying that since the Surface Pro runs a "real OS" this wouldn't be a problem since it can runn all existing Windows Apps already.

    Why would I want to run a scaled down Android App when I could run a full-blown Windows App? I could see a few Apps being used (like messaging) but for the most part there will be a superior Windows version already available.
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  • This is really great news for Microsoft. The lack of apps was the only thing I saw as a negative against Win 8 devices and now that's less of an issue.
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  • Good news. This will give a lot of time for development of native apps to catch up.
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  • I still don't know why you need a PRO version of any tablet. All they are good for is checking email, surfing the web, movies, books and light games. Any ol tablet can do this stuff, who does actual work on a tablet???

    Not knocking it, I'm glad the option exists. I just struggle to find anything to do on my tablets besides fun and content consumption. I would like a MicroSD slot for more storage however, I think it's a terrible scam that it's not available by default on every single tablet and phone ever made. What a croc of crap that is.
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