BlueStacks Announces Windows 8 Compatibility

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Apps-on-PC company will bring 400,000+ Android apps to Windows 8. OEMs to release BlueStacks-enabled Windows 8 Ultrabooks in 2012.

Android on Windows 8

Android apps will come to Windows 8 in 2012

The number one thing Windows 8 is missing is apps. This changes all that.

BlueStacks announced today that its "App Player" software, which runs mobile apps natively on PCs and tablets, is now compatible with Windows 8. The company demonstrated the technology on a Windows 8 Ultrabook at CES today with reporters, and also released this video.

Windows 8 is Microsoft's first operating system built with mobility in mind, using the new "Metro" user interface. BlueStacks will integrate over 400,000 Android apps seamlessly into the operating system, where they will take the form of tiles alongside other programs. "The Metro UI is beautiful, but the number one thing Windows 8 is missing is apps," noted BlueStacks CEO Rosen Sharma. "This changes all that." BlueStacks makes creating mobile apps for Windows 8 unnecessary, as most every app built for Android will now run on Windows 8 without any porting. The software will support both standard desktop and Metro UI modes.

BlueStacks is actively collaborating with top PC manufacturers to pre-load the BlueStacks App Player on Ultrabooks, tablets, notebooks and all-in-one desktop PCs. Their newest in a series of OEM partnerships is one with the Taiwanese manufacturer InHon. Inhon plans to release its first Ultrabook in March 2012 with BlueStacks App Player pre-loaded, followed by a Windows 8 Ultrabook later this year. "So many of the applications that people want to use have moved to mobile platforms," said InHon CEO HongFan Wei from Taiwan. "We're excited to be first to market with a Windows 8 Ultrabook that combines the best apps from both worlds."

BlueStacks was named a CES Innovations winner for 2012 at the conference this week. It is the only program worldwide that can run native mobile applications that are ARM-based or x86, windowed or fullscreen, on Windows PCs and tablets.

About BlueStacks
BlueStacks is a software company that enables Android apps to run on PCs, Ultrabooks and tablets. It was founded in 2009 by Rosen Sharma. Sharma has started eight companies and sold five of them to businesses such as Google, Citrix, Microsoft and McAfee. He was most recently CTO at McAfee. BlueStacks is privately held and headquartered in Silicon Valley with global offices in India, Taiwan and Japan. For more information visit BlueStacks.com, or join their over 145,000 Facebook fans at http://Facebook.com/bluestacksinc.

About Inhon
Inhon is one of the largest OEMs and carbon fiber composite manufacturers of Ultrabooks and tablet PCs in Taiwan. Utilizing its whole supply chain from sourcing the carbon and glass fiber to final sale, the company plans to release its first Ultrabook in 2012. Go to http://www.Inhon.com

Contact:
John Gargiulo
BlueStacks
VP, Marketing and Business Development
Phone: (646) 261-9915
Email: John(at)Bluestacks(dot)com

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