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Standard User BatBoy
(legend) Wed 23-Jul-14 12:26:52
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One Windows for phones, tablets, PCs and Xbox


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In a radical departure from its strategy under Steve Ballmer, Microsoft has said that it will merge all of its different Windows operating systems into one unified piece of software that runs on everything from desktops to mobile phones.

Previously the company has had separate groups of developers working on operating systems for mobile phones, tablets and traditional desktop and laptop computers. But in a conference call last night chief executive Satya Nadella said: "In the past we had multiple teams working on different versions of Windows. Now we have one team with a common architecture. This allows us to scale, create Universal Windows Apps."

"This means one operating system that covers all screen sizes," he said. "We will streamline the next version of Windows from three operating systems into one single converged operating system for screens of all sizes."

The concept of "Universal Windows Apps" for different Microsoft platforms has been talked about by the company for some time. In April it unveiled developer tools that would allow the creation of software that would run on all Microsoft-powered devices. But until now it has never explicitly said that this would be accompanied by a merging of the operating systems themselves.



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Standard User Desmond
(sensei) Thu 24-Jul-14 07:38:40
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Re: One Windows for phones, tablets, PCs and Xbox


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And there was me thinking that the dogs breakfast called Windows 8 had nothing to do with 'convergence'. This is almost as absurd as our government when it comes to reannouncing the announcements that were announced when they last announced they were announcing an announcement about something that they were announcing as something new.

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Standard User Pipexer
(eat-sleep-adslguide) Thu 24-Jul-14 21:07:16
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Makes total sense. Windows 8 already closed the gap and as some know Windows and Windows Server has shared the same Kernel for a very long time. XBOX one also moved to using the NT kernel - So this announcement is not surprising whatsoever. I'm not sure it is a "radical departure from Steve Ballmer" either.. It's just the next step of progression.

What Microsoft need to keep is the inherent flexibility though and freedom that we have become accustomed to. Fingers crossed.

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