With Windows 8.1 set for launch on October 18, attention is slowly shifting towards what the next major release of Windows will bring about. More importantly, what exactly will Microsoft call it?

Is a Windows 8.2 in the pipeline, or will Redmond jump straight to Windows 9?

Of course, there have been plenty of reports that Microsoft is working on Windows 9 and doing some early paperwork on Windows 10. But now some new details about the former have emerged after a companywide internal meeting, attended by thousands of employees.

Yes, this is the same meeting held on Thursday where Ballmer, um, put in his performance.

And The Verge is reporting that Terry Myerson, head of the operating system group within Microsoft confirmed that the company is trying to combine the Windows Phone Store with the Windows Store into a single apps repository that would offer downloadable apps for both platforms.

He also talked about the company’s commitment to the Windows RT platform:

“Windows RT was our first ARM tablet. And as phones extend into tablets, expect us to see many more ARM tablets, Windows ARM tablets in the future.”

And while the merging of the two app stores could technically be done as soon as early 2014 — around the time the company is expected to release a major update for Windows 8.1 dubbed the Spring 2014 GDR, there is a bigger chance of this happening with Windows 9.

The next full version of Windows is slated for a November 2014 release.

This, obviously, is not the first time we are hearing about the merging of the two Microsoft app stores, but there is no official statement from Microsoft at this time, as the company does not comment on its future projects.

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  • Mike Greenway

    Do you actually think the name is more important than the product itself? A rose by any other name would still smell as sweet. NOT?