Satya Nadella, the CEO of Microsoft, has recently confirmed that all versions of Windows OS ranging from computers to mobile phones will be merged into a single operating system. Nadella said that that by doing so, this means just one operating system will cover all screen sizes.
When Microsoft was under the management of Steve Ballmer, it had multiple teams and divisions working on different versions of Windows, and these apps worked separately from each other. The unification of all divisions into a single branch is easier to manage and they will only have one team working with a common architecture.
It is unknown on how Windows, Windows Phone, and Xbox will be united as the CEO didn’t give any details. Nadella also said that Microsoft will still sell different editions of its operating systems.
This effort made by Microsoft will benefit developers as it would allow them to create a universal app that will work across all devices running the OS. Microsoft has worked towards its platform by releasing developer tools that would help pave way for universal apps.
The ability to create such apps that would work on PC, Windows Phone, and Xbox gaming console will simply encourage more developers to join in and get involved with Microsoft, benefiting both parties at the same time.
(Source: The Verge)