Not that there were any doubts about it, what with the recent reports and official hints floating around, but this little bit of information comes straight from the executive vice president of the Devices and Studios unit within Microsoft.
In other words, it is as close to an official confirmation as it gets.
Julie Larson-Green, speaking at the UBS Global Technology Summit, confirmed that Redmond is looking to revamp its operating system lineup and is aiming for only two platforms, instead of three. Essentially, this means that Windows RT and Windows Phone are to be merged into one.
Microsoft has transcribed what the senior executive had to say on this matter:
“We have the Windows Phone OS. We have Windows RT and we have full Windows. We’re not going to have three. We do think there’s a world where there is a more mobile operating system that doesn’t have the risks to battery life, or the risks to security. But, it also comes at the cost of flexibility. So we believe in that vision and that direction and we’re continuing down that path.”
The software titan has already made some strides towards this recently — the merger of Windows Store and Windows Phone Store developer accounts is the first step, which is basically laying the groundwork for the complete merger of the two app stores, and ultimately the two platforms.
Having said that, even though the stakes are really high here, if all goes well, the two operating system could merge completely by the next release of Windows, either in late 2014 or early 2015.