After receiving much criticism from its users and competition, Microsoft has finally announced that it is working to unify Windows and its operating systems.
Despite Microsoft’s recently reported 7% fall in profits during the second quarter of 2014 (blamed on Nokia) Satya Nadella, the Chief Executive of Microsoft commented that “we will streamline the next version of Windows from three operating systems into one single converged operating system for screens of all sizes.”
Satya went on to comment that one of his aims was for designers to be able to write an app that could adapt its layout and controls to suit being used on a phone, tablet, PC or games console. He said that in doing so, it would give “developers the entire volume of Windows, which is 300 plus million units as opposed to just our 4% share of mobile in the US or 10% in some countries.”
Although Microsoft is looking to unify Windows, it hasn’t commented on the new functions Windows 8’s successor will utilise. As Windows 8 has the code name ‘Threshold’ it’s believed Microsoft’s next operating system will try to sell a more “joined-up set of operating systems”. Technology Analyst Chris Green thinks that “given the issues it’s had on that front, going down the one-size-fits-all approach is something it sees as much easier for the user base to comprehend.”