Microsoft is developing a service that would allow users to migrate mobile apps and app data between devices and operating systems, according to a patent application filed in November 2010.
According to the application, the migration service would detect which apps are installed on a user's Android phone, and then comb Windows Marketplace for equivalent apps. If identical apps are unavailable, the software would suggest alternatives, with similar functionality.
Other potential uses for the service include notifying a user when a desired app becomes available, or offering a comparison of Windows Marketplace to other app stores. This could entice consumers to make the switch to Windows Phone.
In addressing the significance of apps in tethering users to a single operating system, the service could prove to be a boon to Windows Phone, whose market share is under 10 per cent.
Source: Unwired View