Not always do you see Microsoft talk about future strategy in such detail, but the company was in a candid mood at the 2013 financial analyst meeting that took place on Thursday.
Terry Myerson, the head of Microsoft’s Operating Systems division confirmed that offering a common experience across all Windows devices is a priority for the company right now — and this means desktops, tablets and smartphones could be unified.
The senior executive explained that users should be provided with the same apps no matter what Microsoft platform they are using, and this means that the separate app stores could be merged in the very near future, probably with Windows 9:
“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.
Each of our devices require a tailored experience to be really special for the customer, whether that’s a three-inch phone, or it’s a 9-inch tablet, or a 14-inch clamshell, or a 60-inch television playing Xbox games, we want to facilitate the creation of a common, a familiar experience across all of those devices, but a fundamentally tailored and unique experience for each device.”
In fact, this is what a development team in Redmond was working on:
“We had a core team that will bring those silicon interfaces together, bring those developer platforms together, approach delivery of apps to the customers in a common way. We have one team delivering the core services that will light up our devices. And then we have satellite teams each focused on each of the device categories, so each of them can be reflective of what the customer expects in that place.”
Myerson also confirmed in his keynote that Microsoft was moving in very fast with this vision.
Although it may take a while for this to become official, but there have been plenty of rumors before this that Windows 9 could merge Windows RT and Windows Phone platforms together. And considering this has become a priority for the company, a feature like this could be here sooner rather than later.
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