Windows 9 "converged OS" vision for Windows Phone, PC & Xbox shared by Microsoft

Microsoft have promised universal apps for Windows Phone, PC and Xbox with the release of Windows 9

Windows logo

Microsoft is planning to introduce the concept of universal apps for multiple devices with Windows 9, with software for the operating system set to work across Windows Phone, PC and Xbox devices.

This will mean that a single version of an app will work across all devices, possibly making Windows more inviting to developers who have previously steered clear of working with Microsoft over iOS and Android.

Advertisement - Article continues below

The move puts Microsoft ahead of even Apple in this regard, as iOS and Mac OS still require separate apps to be built by developers.

The announcement comes with Microsoft's fourth quarter 2014 results, with Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella announcing a renewed focus on devices for the future.

He said: "We will streamline the next version of Windows from three operating systems into one single converged operating system for screens of all sizes. We will unify our stores, commerce and developer platforms to drive a more coherent user experience and a broader developer opportunity.

"In the past we had multiple teams working on different versions of Windows," he added. "Now we have one team with a common architecture. This allows us to scale, create universal Windows Apps."

It was teased earlier this month that Windows 9 would see the end of the desktop for mobile devices, and bring the option to disable the Metro view from PCs.

Featured Resources

The case for a marketing content hub

Transform your digital marketing to deliver customer expectations

Download now

Fast, flexible and compliant e-signatures for global businesses

Be at the forefront of digital transformation with electronic signatures

Download now

Why CEOS should care about the move to SAP S/4HANA

And how they can accelerate business value

Download now

IT faces new security challenges in the wake of COVID-19

Beat the crisis by learning how to secure your network

Download now
Advertisement

Recommended

Visit/technology/artificial-intelligence-ai/355796/can-microsofts-new-approach-to-ai-erase-the-memory-of
artificial intelligence (AI)

Can Microsoft's new approach to AI erase the memory of Tay?

30 May 2020
Visit/software/development/355748/the-it-pro-podcast-microsoft-build-goes-virtual
Development

The IT Pro Podcast: Microsoft Build goes virtual

22 May 2020
Visit/technology/artificial-intelligence-ai/355744/microsoft-in-collaboration-with-openai-unveils-ai
artificial intelligence (AI)

Microsoft, in collaboration with OpenAI, unveils AI supercomputer

21 May 2020
Visit/software/microsoft-office/355740/microsoft-announces-lists-a-new-app-for-teams-sharepoint-and
Microsoft Office

Microsoft announces Lists, a new app for Teams, SharePoint and Outlook

21 May 2020

Most Popular

Visit/operating-systems/ios/355935/apple-confirms-serious-bugs-in-ios-135
iOS

Apple confirms serious bugs in iOS 13.5

4 Jun 2020
Visit/mobile/5g/355911/the-uk-pivots-to-japan-for-5g-equipment
5G

The UK looks to Japan and South Korea for 5G equipment

4 Jun 2020
Visit/security/ransomware/355945/new-ransomware-uses-java-to-target-software-organisations
ransomware

Tycoon ransomware discovered using Java image files to target software firms

5 Jun 2020