BlueStacks is a name that we’ve been hearing about for a few months now, and CES 2012 is where things have really begun to heat up for the company’s App Player application.

What App Player offers is a something unique, and one that will potentially open up all kinds of possibilities if it fulfills its potential – something that is by no means a given.

The latest version of the app to be shown off is a new one, and this time Windows 8 is the lucky recipient of the BlueStacks Magic, meaning that 400,000+ Android apps are instantly available to user of the app in a Windows 8 machine.

Windows 8 Start Screen

The move to make a Windows 8 version of App Player is an obvious one. With Microsoft’s upcoming operating system aimed at both conventional computers as well as new tablets, all eyes will be on the Redmond outfit over the coming months. Having Android apps available on these new tablets opens up plenty of doors, both for users and developers of the aforementioned applications.

If you are a developer, having your potential audience grow to everyone running a copy of Windows 8 can only be a good thing for business, and something that could have considerable benefits if leveraged correctly.

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.

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.

In a press release today, BlueStacks also confirmed its latest OEM partner, with Taiwanese manufacturer InHon set to release an Ultrabook with BlueStacks pre-installed sometime around March. A version of the machine with Windows 8 at its core will also ship later this year, according to the company.

BlueStacks’s App Player is also available for other platforms, all with an aim of making Android applications run as a native solution, with the App Player’s wrapper making the magic happen.

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