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At last month’s Consumer Electronics Show, Android virtualization startup BlueStacks announced that its “App Player” software, which lets people enjoy Android apps on their PCs, was coming to Microsoft’s latest desktop operating system. It promptly delivered on that promise earlier this week when it released a new version of its free-to-download tool.
Announcing Windows 8 compatibility, BlueStacks said that the latest version of its App Player software “fills the widening Windows 8 app gap”, thereby allowing users to make the most of their Windows 8 devices. The software, which the company claims has passed the 5 million download mark across Mac and PC (OEM installations not included), does this by enabling access to hundreds of thousands of Android apps on Windows 8 devices like the recently released Microsoft Surface Pro.
The integration is rather seamless, with the Android apps you download appearing as tiles on the Windows 8 start screen. The App Player itself is available for download from the newly launched site GetYourAppsBack.com.
“We’ve had our users asking for a Win8 version for a long time,” said BlueStacks CEO Rosen Sharma said in a press release Tuesday. “Now that it’s finally available on our website we’re looking forward to getting feedback and building on the experience. The number of mobile apps being written overall is expanding exponentially and Microsoft has not added apps to the handful it has. Our goal is to get people more value out of their Surface Pro and Win8 devices.”