Mobile Apps? Drop the “Mobile” with Recent Windows & MacOS Developments

Chris GogoelAndroid, Enterprise Security, iOS

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Microsoft has announced a new effort to bring Android applications to traditional Windows devices beginning in 2021. This announcement comes shortly after the recent addition of the Apple M1 chip which allows iOS applications to run on MacOS devices.

My colleague Alex Lisle recently wrote a blog post discussing the shift to Android & iOS in the enterprise and its impact on endpoint security. These recent developments further emphasize this shift in enterprise computing from separate “Desktop” and “Mobile” platforms to a single, consolidated platform for all enterprise devices including traditional workstations, laptops, tablets, and mobile phones. 

Microsoft is working on a software solution that would allow app developers to bring their Android apps to Windows 10 with little to no code changes by packaging them as an MSIX and allowing developers to submit them to the Microsoft Store.

Microsoft’s ‘Project Latte’ aims to bring Android apps to Windows 10 | Windows Central

If your security strategy does not already include security & privacy scanning of “Mobile” applications these announcements should be a wake up call that they will no longer be a siloed piece of your enterprise infrastructure but rather core software running on all of your enterprise devices.