Microsoft to make a joint app store for desktop and mobile?

The computing giant has advertised for someone to help unify the two platforms, hinting apps could soon work across both.

Could all your Windows 8 apps soon work on your Windows Phone 8 mobile, and vice versa? They could well do, if a job advert from Microsoft is anything to go by.

The ad sees Microsoft recruiting a software development engineer to help make it easier to develop across both platforms, WMPowerUser reports. The ad has since been taken down, but look at this, here's a Google cache of it. There's no beating the Internet, Microsoft, you must know that by now.

"Do you wish the code you write for Windows Store apps would just work on the Windows Phone and vice versa?" the advert reads. The person hired will "help our team bring together the Windows Store and Phone development platforms" and "solve the technical challenges of bringing a platform built for desktops and tablets to the phone form factor."

Sounds to me like a unified app store could be on the way.

Given that desktops and mobiles have vastly different screen sizes and resolutions, not to mention capabilities, it'll be quite a challenge producing apps that work across the two platforms. Though many of Windows 8 apps already work seamlessly across desktops and tablets, so this could just be an extension of that.

So far, Windows 8 hasn't set the world alight. One study says it has just 2 per cent market share , compared to Windows 7's 44.48 per cent. Microsoft says it's sold 60 million copies of the OS, which sounds impressive, though an unofficial report claims sales are well below Microsoft's internal projections .

A couple of Microsoft's partners aren't too chuffed either. Acer claims the Redmond-based company doesn't stand a chance against Apple , while Fujitsu blames a slump in PC sales on the "weak" OS .

Microsoft recently  bumped up the price of Windows 8 Pro to £190.

What do you think of Windows 8? Would you like apps to work across your desktop and mobile? Let me know in the comments, or on Facebook.

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