Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella reemphasized the company’s plan to create one Windows version to rule them all. The company first announced this ambitious plan back in April of this year.
Combining Microsoft’s various operating systems into one makes complete sense. Having one version makes choices easier for consumers and developers alike. With a unified operating system, apps would work across phone, tablet, computer, and Xbox. Instead of creating a unique app for each type of device, developers can make dynamic apps that adjust to different screen sizes.
One app across three devices
“We will streamline the next version of Windows from three operating systems into one single converged operating system for screens of all sizes,” said Nadella.
There will still be different versions of Windows like we have now (Pro, Business, etc) but their underpinnings will be the same. This allows Microsoft to charge different prices for different needs.
By contrast, Apple is keeping its desktop and mobile operating systems separate. iOS has definitely influenced the features and interface of Mac OS X but the two are good at different things.
With Windows 8, Microsoft tried creating one operating system for both tablets and desktop but failed. While great for touchscreens, desktop users found Windows 8 confusing. The next version of Windows, Windows 9, focuses on making the operating system easier for desktop use.
Source: Business Insider
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