Microsoft has three different operating systems running on mobile devices: Windows, Windows RT, and Windows Phone. For the most part these are not cross-compatible, but a Microsoft executive says that’s going to change.
Terry Myerson, the chief of Microsoft’s operating systems group, speaking at yesterday’s financial analysts meeting, said, “We really should have one silicon interface for all of our devices. We should have one set of developer APIs on all of our devices. And all of the apps we bring to end users should be available on all of our devices.”
Myerson was formerly the head of Windows Phone development, but was promoted to being in charge of all Microsoft’s operating systems — a move that may have been part of the company’s plans to integrate Windows Phone into its other operating systems.
He did not discuss when this change is going to be implemented, but it’s a project that has apparently been underway for some time, as its a goal that Bill Gates brought up last year.