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More on Microsoft: Major Windows release could arrive in 2015

  • 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.
  • Previous: Windows 8.1 reviews, new hardware.
Comments (4)
  • wigit5
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    You mean merging WP and RT wasn't already concrete after the first billion dollar write down?
    17 Oct 2013, 11:45 AM Reply Like
  • fiveoh
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    They need to hurry up and merge them. It would help out RT a little by allowing access to more apps. I can't think of any downside to doing this... I guess maybe the apps aren't as specialized for larger screens?
    17 Oct 2013, 12:07 PM Reply Like
  • civ-e
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    i still like the windows XP user interface the best. everything after that has only slowed me down, including updates to office suite. i wish when msft releases new windows (even the ones with "major" changes) they would allow - to the extent that it's compatible - one to keep the user interface of their own favorite older version. the improvements, whatever they are, can be limited to system and security stuff.
    17 Oct 2013, 04:10 PM Reply Like
  • SeekingFameandFortune
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    When they do eventually merge them, I'll be first in line for a Surface RT.
    17 Oct 2013, 06:53 PM Reply Like
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