By: Gigaom
Need more apps on Windows 8? Android via Bluestacks to the rescue!
Not finding enough touch-friendly apps on your new Surface Pro or Windows 8 machine? Try the free Bluestacks player, which boasts more than 750,000 Android titles.

If you own a new Surface Pro or other Windows 8 tablets or laptops and are looking for more touch-enabled apps, then you might be looking in the wrong place. Sure, you can download Metro-style software from Microsoft’s own store, but the pickings might be a little slim yet. Why not look at a catalog of more than 750,000 Android apps?

That’s exactly what Bluestacks is hoping you’ll do. The company announced a Windows 8 version of its software on Tuesday as a free download at http://www.GetYourAppsBack.com

I see Bluestacks as a far better app solution now than I did in the past, for two reasons. First is that there’s a lack of depth to Microsoft app store for Metro-style apps. Second: Touch is a much bigger part of Windows — both in terms of hardware and software — than before. Prior to Microsoft truly embracing touch, using Android apps in the Bluestacks player could be frustrating because the software wasn’t optimized for mouse and keyboard input.

A perfect example to using Bluestacks is the lack of an official Facebook client for the Windows 8 Metro-style interface. That’s a key app that many Windows 8 buyers are sure to look for and be disappointed not to find in Microsoft’s store. While one could use the browser for Facebook access, why not use a Facebook app that’s optimized for touch and likely more familiar looking?

Bluestacks launched in 2009 and brings Android apps to Windows device. The company recently surpassed 5 million downloads of its software and has partnerships with several laptop makers to pre-install its software on devices.


Related research and analysis from GigaOM Pro:
Subscriber content. Sign up for a free trial.



Stock Market XML and JSON Data API provided by FinancialContent Services, Inc.
Nasdaq quotes delayed at least 15 minutes, all others at least 20 minutes.
Markets are closed on certain holidays. Stock Market Holiday List
By accessing this page, you agree to the following
Privacy Policy and Terms and Conditions.
Press Release Service provided by PRConnect.
Stock quotes supplied by Six Financial
Postage Rates Bots go here