In their latest Microsoftâ€™s Registered Developer Newsletter Microsoft included a link to a survey asking for developer feedback on cross-platform tools which would be able to serve Android, iOS as well as Windows Phone.
Survey: Building Portable Apps for Multiple Platforms
Weâ€™d like your thoughts on developing for Windows Phone in conjunction with development on other platforms. Your thoughts will help guide our support for cross-platform tools. To participate, please use the following URL to take this short survey:
It seems Microsoft is specifically taking about using HTML5, PhoneGap, as well as Mono, the Linux version of .Net. They survey also asks developers about creating mobile apps in C++ and HTML5 as a mobile platform.
Given statements we have heard by Terry Myerson amongst others, Microsoft is settling on HTML5 as the cross-platform development platform for both Windows Phone and Windows 8 developers, and the survey suggests they are looking at beefing up compatibility with HTML5-based tools from other platforms also. It is not clear if Microsoft is looking to create their own tools to support development on other platforms, although given that Microsoft is a software company this remains possible.
For registered developers the survey can be found here.