Gates: Microsoft Intends to Merge Windows and Windows Phone

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Microsoft may currently have its operating systems on multiple platforms — Windows 8 for desktops, Windows Phone 8 for smartphones, and even the Windows RT variant for tablets — but the company’s long-term plan is unite them all under a single piece OS, according to cofounder and chairman Bill Gates.

“We’re certainly sharing between Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 — sharing the user interface, sharing some of those development tools, and over time we’ll just get to do more and more of that,” said Gates in a recent in-house interview video, below. “It’s evolving literally into a single platform.”

Gates is referencing, of course, both the touch- and tile-based Metro UI, as well as the shared kernel between Windows 8, Windows RT, and Windows Phone 8, which allows developers to create an app that can run on all three platforms. Having these shared elements is a sign of Microsoft’s intention to eventually merge all of the operating systems, which works well with the company’s long-term endeavors in both cloud storage and cloud-based personalization across multiple devices.

Another key part of bringing the platforms together under a single OS is that of app and software selection, which Gates also touched on. The Windows Store is currently lacking in selection — an issue that some early reviews of Surface RT are expressing concern over — however, Gates said that this will change soon, promising an October surprise on the Windows Store front.

Source: The Register



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