Microsoft CEO Wants One OS To Rule Them All

On Tuesday, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella told analysts during the FY14 Q4 earnings conference call that the company plans to merge all of the major Windows releases together into one platform that fits all screen sizes.

This move to one platform is backed by the “Universal Windows Apps” tool revealed during BUILD 2014 back in April, which allows developers to write a single app for desktop, mobile devices and the Xbox One console. A unified store is expected to be launched in April 2015 as part of the “Threshold” release of the Windows platform.

"This means one operating system that covers all screen sizes," Nadella said. "We will streamline the next version of Windows from three operating systems into one single converged operating system for screens of all sizes. In the past we had multiple teams working on different versions of Windows. Now we have one team with a common architecture. This allows us to scale, create Universal Windows Apps."

He clarified that Microsoft will continue to offer different versions (SKUs) of Windows such as Windows Pro, Windows Server and so on, but they will essentially be identical at the core. He also acknowledged that the stores will be unified, as will commerce and developer platforms.

Nadella also mentioned that the company will be talking more about the future of Windows in the coming months, and what the next installment will bring to customers. Currently, Microsoft is expected to ship Windows 8.1 Update 2 in August or September, followed by a possible Windows 9 public beta in Q4 2014. After that, there may be an Update 3 in 1Q 2015 if the Windows 9 public preview isn't available.

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  • LePhuronn
    Utter fail and pointless spin.

    How can a x86 Desktop OS be identical at the core to an ARM Mobile OS? WHY would you even want it to be? By all means strip out the crap and the bloat and have super-lean, efficient operating systems (and then tack on extra bits you want), but surely you cannot converge everything into one because of the different architecture driving the hardware.

    Apple's Universal apps were hardly super-efficient during the transition from PowerPC to Intel, and even in their infinite wisdom/arrogance, they're not trying to converge OSX and iOS. Make them look and feel the same perhaps (and a lot of the iOS-feel stuff on OSX is just pants), but not actually BE the same.

    It's all sounding like Nadella is grasping for straws trying to find a standout gimmick that says "look, I'm more forward thinking than Ballmer, aren't I such a great choice as successor!"

    Just a joke,
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  • cats_Paw
    "that fits all screen sizes". And all budgets?
    CEOs are only trying to wow shareholders so they can hold on to their position a little longer.
    Im sure he just blured it out without even consulting with the development teams.
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  • NeurAxaL
    hmmmm, i think i might just get steam OS.
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