Naina KhedekarJul 23, 2014 14:49:49 IST
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has had to make quite a few big changes recently. After confirming up to 18,000 job cuts the company is about to start its reorganisation journey and one of the biggest changes we can expect is not in management but in product.
Nadella has confirmed merging all of its major versions of Windows into one huge Windows platform. "We will streamline the next version of Windows from three operating systems into one single converged operating system for screens of all sizes," Nadella said 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."
This doesn't come as a surprise as earlier this year Microsoft had announced "Universal Windows Apps" that will be compatible will all platforms including mobile devices, desktop and even XBox. With this unification, the company plans to rid itself of some excess baggage and be a little more fleet-footed when it comes to updates, and app development.
Indeed, it's great news for developers as it will help reduce fragmentation and the burden of developing for three different platforms, including Windows RT. Moreover, with just one platform, Microsoft can better target users and respond to feedback. Earlier, Microsoft OSes were divided into separate platforms and there were multiple teams working on them. "In the past we had multiple teams working on different versions of Windows. Now we have one team with a common architecture. This allows us to scale, create Universal Windows Apps," he further added.