Microsoft sees Windows RT as the future for Windows Phone

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Last year when Microsoft announced Windows Phone 8 they made a big deal about how has a “shared core” with Windows 8. This was the first step in creating a unified OS across all of Microsoft’s devices. Since that day we haven’t heard much more about combining desktop and mobile Windows.

Former Windows Phone chief Terry Myserson has been placed in charge of the new operating systems group.┬áLast night he spoke about Microsoft’s vision of Windows, and how it should be presented on all devices. One of their key OS beliefs is “commonality.” He says “we really should have one silicon interface for all of our devices.” We couldn’t agree more.

“We should have one set of developer APIs on all of our devices. And all of the apps we bring to end users should be available on all of our devices.”

This is something that Windows desperately needs. Since Windows is now on tablets people expect to be able to use the same apps that they have on their phones. Just like Apple iPhone/iPad users and Android phone/tablet users. If I buy Angry Birds on my phone I shouldn’t have to re-purchase it on my Surface. The answer to this problem is Windows RT.

Microsoft sees a future with Windows RT on phones. We’re not sure when this will happen, but the Lumia 1520 could be the first step. A phone with a 6-inch display is getting close to tablet territory. We just want all of our apps on every device. Make it happen, Microsoft.

[via The Verge]


  • Now this makes sense (and should always have been). Now they just need to have a migration path for purchases for Windows 8 Phones to get Windows equivalents, have the new phones be RT based with a few tweaks to get it a little more smartphone ready.. and have me buy an app that works on a phone, tablet, and pc – having meaningful experiences on each.

    Someone just might have to tell those with early Windows 8 phones that their phone can’t be updated and they’ll have to buy a new one. Again. :)