We all know that Microsoft is planning to unify the Windows OS and Windows Phone OS sometime in the future. While most of us were expecting it happen soon, ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley today reported some information on the timing on when it will happen. According to her report, Microsoft is expected to deliver a major Windows release in the Spring of 2015 which will be a unified OS combining Windows Phone OS and Windows OS. Also the unified Windows Store is expected in the same time frame.
She also reported some information on how Microsoft will move forward with Windows Phone OS and Windows RT for 7 inch to 10 inch devices.
Right now, Microsoft has two ARM-based Windows operating systems: The Windows Phone OS and the Windows RT OS. The thinking is these will be one by Spring 2015. Because it tends to be easier to take a “smaller” OS and add to it than to take a larger one and remove features from it, it’s likely that the Windows Phone OS is the one on top of which the new operating systems group will build. The recent rumor (courtesy of Windows SuperSite’s Paul Thurrott) about the Windows Phone OS being modified to support 7 to 10-inch screen sizes makes sense in this context.
It wouldn’t surprise me if by 2015 Microsoft calls whatever is powering smartphones, phablets and tablets plain-old Windows, given the interfaces, the development platforms and the core OSes will continue to align further.
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