Microsoft has been bringing its two operating systems for ARM processors — Windows RT and Windows Phone — closer together. The company is currently planning to merge these two in 2015, according to an unconfirmed report.
ZDNet‘s Mary Jo Foley has some of the best inside sources at Microsoft and she reports being told that Terry Myerson’s Operating System Group is going to bring out a version of Windows in the spring of 2015 designed to power both tablets and smartphones.
A Logical Possibility
While still just an unconfirmed report, it seems Microsoft has been on this path for some time.
CEO Steve Ballmer has said that his company’s plan is to enable developers to write one app that will run on Windows Phone and Windows RT. Microsoft is going to merge the Windows and Windows Phone software stores.
In addition, a recent update to Microsoft Windows Phone added support for 5- to 6-inch, Full HD (1080p) screens. Rumor indicates that Windows Phone 8.1 will support 7- to 10-inch displays.
Microsoft is currently the only company offering a tablet with Windows RT, although Nokia is allegedly going to unveil one next week.