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Microsoft wants to let you run desktop apps on your Windows phone

Microsoft wants to let you run desktop apps on your Windows phone
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Microsoft hasn't had a lot of luck selling its Windows Phones. Sales lag far behind Apple iPhones and smartphones using Google's Android operating system.

Part of the problem for Microsoft is that its smartphone's apps have been paltry. It's got just 350,000 or so, compared to 1-plus million each in the App Store and Google Play store.

That may be about to change, if leaked information from a Microsoft insider at an ongoing developer conference is correct. Microsoft may be about to make its millions of desktop Win32 apps available on its new Windows 10 phones.

If so, these Win32 apps will run on Windows 10's Continuum mode. That essentially allows smartphone Internet users, who outnumber desktop Internet users worldwide, to use the Windows desktop from their phone.

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