The plugged-in Mary Jo Foley reports Microsoft (MSFT +0.7%) is thinking of releasing its next major Windows update (Win. 8 qualifies as one, 8.1 doesn't) in the spring of 2015, and that the OS will bring Windows and Windows Phone "closer together."
Foley adds Microsoft is thinking of merging Windows Phone and the struggling Windows RT (both are ARM-based) by 2015; if a recent report about Windows Phone being updated to support 7"-10" displays pans out, the integration effort could take the form of phasing out RT in favor of Windows Phone.
Also: Microsoft's new OS division, led by former Windows Phone chief Terry Myerson and created by the reorg, is said to be "rethinking priorities, workflow and just about everything else" related to Microsoft's disparate operating systems. Following the reorg, Microsoft overhauled its Windows teams to further tie together PC, mobile, and Xbox development.
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