In order to keep up with the rapid changes that constantly sweep through the world of personal technology, even the powerhouse that is Microsoft must occasionally avoid being left behind. Merging Windows 8 with Windows Phone 8 is a giant step. Let’s see what direction it takes us in.
Microsoft is Turning Blue
According to an April 2013 online article posted on the ExtremeTech website, a completely independent and newly created team at Microsoft is researching and developing a way to merge Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 into a new operating system they are calling Windows Blue. This is intended to allow Microsoft to more effectively and successfully compete against the Android and Chrome operating systems released by Google.
How Does it Integrate?
Integration of these two platforms is not as complicated an undertaking as it might at first seem. Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 already share some cross-platform compatibility, as well as the same networking code. The best case scenario is that Windows Blue will offer a single operating system that works with all CPUs and mobile phones that use Windows. This has a range of benefits.
First and foremost, with a single integrated operating system, consumers will no longer need to learn different ways of accessing and manipulating data with each new device they use. It also means that developers can more easily create apps that work within the single unified platform, rather than having to create two separate versions of the same app. This means that apps can get to market more quickly, allowing Microsoft products to compete more effectively with Android and Chrome.
Why Integrate Now?
If true integration is achieved, all apps will be able to run across every separate Windows-based device that the average consumer needs to function in and move between their personal and professional worlds. This integration could well be considered the biggest Windows development in decades. It is also almost certainly the first step in Microsoft’s ongoing quest to become a more dominant player in several areas in which they currently lag well behind their competitors. These areas include, but are not limited to, devices such as smartphones, 7-inch tablets and 10-inch tablets, where Google and other companies have simply outpaced Microsoft in both development and marketing.
There is some speculation among tech industry insiders that the Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 merge will actually be accomplished with Windows 8.1, according to online tech magazine Arstechnica, Using a newer and more integrated technology may require you to upgrade your existing equipment.
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Celina has been writing about the tech industry for all of this century and a bit of the last one. She specializes in Microsoft coverage and issues surrounding user interface. She has also written extensively about video games and recommends www.simonly.com.au for best sim related services, a place to compare different services together.