It looks like our Windows based devices could be getting a whole lot similar in the near future, after Microsoft revealed that it’s planning on releasing a unified Windows operating system in the near future.
The move comes as a clear effort to simplify Microsoft’s operating system divisions, which are currently split between several different platforms.
This means the Windows Phones would feature an identical system to that of a Windows powered computer, tablet or games console.
This comes as great news to app developers who favour the system at the moment as it will result in one app being useable on any Windows powered device, pretty much turning three or four apps into one more manageable one.
The move will also make it a lot easier for consumers to grasp the system, especially if they already own one or two devices from the company, as the system will be completely identical, rather than featuring set apps on one device but not on another.
All screen sizes will be covered by the change, which obviously means that it won’t matter if you’re working with a smaller Nokia smartphone or a larger Windows PC display.
This unification will also turn the Windows app store into one unified item as well, having previously been split between the different platforms, offering different applications and games.
The move was announced over a conference call with Chief Executive Satya Nadella, the same man who announced that Windows would be cutting over 15,000 jobs from its recently acquired Nokia divisions.
Nadella also revealed in the same email that the Nokia X program was coming to a close, which involved Nokia handsets boasting an Android operating system, something Microsoft won’t have been too happy with from day one.
Nadella stated during the recent conference call:
“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."
“We will streamline the next version of Windows from three operating systems into one single converged operating system for screens of all sizes."
The Windows operating in question is most likely going to be Windows 9, which could make an appearance after Christmas, with Windows 8.1 already having been released.
It’s been hinted that Windows will be offering different levels of the operating system to suit different users, with names like Windows 9 Pro and Windows 9 Enterprise already being mentioned.
Each system will likely boast features to suit more tech savvy users or possibly business users, with more versions sure to make an appearance to suit other consumers.
During April, Microsoft released a tool which allowed software development over multiple platforms, and with this unification, it looks like this tool spelled the future somewhat.
We haven’t seen any designs for the system just yet, but it’s pretty safe to say that Windows will be sticking with its live tile design, something that has seen plenty of plaudits over many of its devices.
Written by Luke Hatfield