Steve Ballmer

Steve Ballmer may not be running Microsoft anymore, but the former CEO of the company clearly has some opinions on its current Windows 10 app strategy. Ballmer believes that the universal app platform that Microsoft is currently following is not the way to go, and that the company should consider having Windows Phones run Android apps.

Ballmer, who is now the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers basketball team, attended Microsoft's annual shareholders meeting in Bellevue, Washington (Ballmer still owns a sizable share of the company's stock). Ballmer expressed his views on the company's current app strategy while chatting with Bloomberg, offering his opinion on current CEO Satya Nadella's response to a shareholder question on why there was not an official Starbucks app for Windows Phone:

"Nadella responded by citing the company's plan to appeal to Windows developers by allowing them to write universal applications that work on computers, phones and tablets, targeting a larger array of devices than just Microsoft's handsets that have just a single-digit share of the mobile market. "That won't work," Ballmer commented as Nadella spoke. Instead, the company needs to enable Windows Phones "to run Android apps," he said."

As Windows Central reported earlier, Microsoft's previously announced "Project Astoria" that would have given Android developers an easier way to covert their apps to work on Windows 10 has been put on hold indefinitely.

Source: Bloomberg