No, Microsoft Isn't Scaling Back to One Version of Windows for All Devices

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big_montana

In the July 2013 reorganization performed by former CEO Steve Ballmer, all operating system development was combined into a single Operating Systems Engineering Group, headed by Terry Myerson. They were all put into motion during Ballmer's time as CEO, and in fact Ballmer explicitly described the way Windows would evolve. Talking at the Gartner Symposium 2013 last October, he clearly described how "Windows Everywhere" would work, with a common developer platform, common user interface concepts (but tailored to different form factors and devices), and common services across all devices. The new organizational structure and its unified operating system team was put together to enable this, and, Ballmer said, the results would be delivered relatively soon. Nadella's "single converged operating system" isn't a new idea: it's the restatement of Ballmer's "Windows Everywhere" dream and a continuation of work that happened during his reign.

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Neufeldt2002

So, they're trying to reinvent Unix and it's derivatives? specifically Linux? This is what I am seeing.

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RUSENSITIVESWEETNESS

• As if shitty console ports of games weren't bad enough, the operating system itself will be a smart phone port. That's just terrific. Why optimize for the hardware when you can brute force market a cheaper, inferior product?

• Nothing has changed at Microsoft. The same people are in charge, the same suicidal management practices remain in place. The new guy enjoys press coverage a bit more, which is great for outlets relying on corporate press releases for "news."

• The Microsoft store will be a fantastic way for Microsoft to dictate what end users do with their computers, basically turning the PC into an inverse ATM with unlimited data collection and DRM capabilities.

But thanks for clarifying everything so well.

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WarpathPS

The only people complaining about windows 8.1 are the ones who have spent zero time using it. It is windows 7 but much better. The driver support alone and the ability to sync your account across multiple installs makes windows 7 obsolete. Why do you care about the start screen when you can press left click and enter in a windows 7 environment? Do you seriously like to plug in USB devices and have to go fishing online or on a CD for a driver? Windows 8.1 users rarely do, plug it in and get shit done. Have a tablet? Nevermind having to spend energy learning yet another OS, you don't have to, you have windows 8.

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RUSENSITIVESWEETNESS

This article was about Windows 8? Oh, no—it wasn't. You just woke up from your nap and crawled out from under your bridge.

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Hey.That_Dude

+1, Beautiful.

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WarpathPS

The only people complaining about windows 8.1 are the ones who have spent zero time using it. It is windows 7 but much better. The driver support alone and the ability to sync your account across multiple installs makes windows 7 obsolete. Why do you care about the start screen when you can press left click and enter in a windows 7 environment? Do you seriously like to plug in USB devices and have to go fishing online or on a CD for a driver? Windows 8.1 users rarely do, plug it in and get shit done. Have a tablet? Nevermind having to spend energy learning yet another OS, you don't have to, you have windows 8.

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RUSENSITIVESWEETNESS

M$ employees have too much free time.

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Random

I'd be interested in future releases of Windows OS that do not have the Metro UI.

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Rift2

18,000 people on Unemployment...

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MrHasselblad

Take a guess at how many of those former 18k will EVER apply to one single unemployment check?

Their former employer will take care of them well. A good portion of that number already have jobs directly related to their past career fields

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Rift2

Ok Obama if you say so...

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LatiosXT

"However, he would later clarify that he was referring to the engineering approach -- having a single team work on all versions of Windows, each of which is built around a common core."

Except it already is: the NT kernel.