Microsoft CEO affirms one Windows for all devices

Satya Nadella says in no uncertain terms that the "three" Windows operating systems will merge into one OS.

One Windows on all screen sizes. Microsoft

Microsoft's CEO affirmed on Tuesday that all versions of Windows will merge into one operating system for all devices.

"We will streamline the next version of Windows from three operating systems into one single converged operating system for screens of all sizes," CEO Satya Nadella said in prepared remarks during the company's fourth-quarter earnings conference call. "We will unify our stores, commerce and developer platforms to drive a more coherent user experience and a broader developer opportunity."

Nadella expanded on this theme when responding to an analyst's question.

"One of the beauties of [the] universal Windows app is, it aggregates for the first time for us all of our Windows volume...which is 300 plus million units."

Microsoft has talked about this before. Back in April, the company discussed allowing developers to build universal apps that will work across Windows Phone, Windows, and Xbox devices.

But Nadella, on Tuesday, stated in no uncertain terms that the merger of operating systems is going forward.

And he signaled that "major" changes are coming to Windows.

"We look forward to sharing more about our next major wave of Windows enhancements in the coming months," he said.

(Via Neowin and Seeking Alpha)

About the author

Brooke Crothers writes about mobile computer systems, including laptops, tablets, smartphones: how they define the computing experience and the hardware that makes them tick. He has served as an editor at large at CNET News and a contributing reporter to The New York Times' Bits and Technology sections. His interest in things small began when living in Tokyo in a very small apartment for a very long time.


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