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CEO Satya Nadella Just Made The Best (And Most Obvious) Decision For Microsoft!!

#1SolnotPosted 7/23/2014 1:37:09 AM
http://finance.yahoo.com/news/satya-nadella-just-made-single-002522037.html

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella

Satya Nadella just confirmed that the company was going to merge all of its major versions of Windows into one huge Windows platform.

Microsoft had been inching up to this for a while. At its developers conference in April, the company announced developer tools for "Universal Windows Apps" also known as the "Holy Grail" of app development.

These tools let developers write their app once to make the app compatible with all the major versions of Windows, Windows Phone, Xbox.

But that's not the same as consolidating the operating system itself, which is what Nadella just promised to do.

"This means one operating system that covers all screen sizes," Nadella said to analysts on the quarterly conference call. "We will streamline the next version of Windows from three operating systems into one single converged operating system for screens of all sizes."

He explained, "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."

This is a major departure from Apple's style and from Microsoft's previous approach.

Apple chose to cleave its tech products into two app eco-systems: iOS (mobile products, iPhone and iPad) and Mac OS (PC products, MacBook laptops, iMac desktop).

Under previous CEO Steve Ballmer, Microsoft took a similar approach of multiple operating systems that couldn't always run each other's apps.

To be clear, Microsoft will still sell different editions of its operating systems, for instance, a Windows Pro edition, a Windows Enterprise edition, a cheap one tightly bound with Bing for low-price devices (which we'll see by the holiday season, Nadella says). But under the hood, they will be more alike than different.

And the company will "unify our stores, our commerce and developer platforms," Nadella promised.

This is hugely important to developers. A good billion people use Windows every day. But as long as Windows was chopped up into a bunch of different operating systems that didn't work together, all of those PC customers didn't add up to phone, tablet, or living room console app customers.

Sounds like we'll see the new consolidated Windows with Windows 9, which is rumored to be the next version of that could be available in 2015.
#2Jeffw88Posted 7/23/2014 1:41:35 AM
Thanks cloud.
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#3JiazhenPosted 7/23/2014 1:43:01 AM
isn't this what made people hate windows 8 in the first place when it put a tablet interface on machines that had dedicated a keyboard and mouse? now phone and xbox dash will be added as well?
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#4CrimsonVendettaPosted 7/23/2014 1:44:37 AM
I wonder how many people will be terminated from this decision.
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#5RingsOfUranusPosted 7/23/2014 2:00:30 AM
Looks like I'm keeping Windows 7 forever.
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#6KillingMachinePosted 7/23/2014 2:09:41 AM
Well, at least more and more games are getting Linux support now. Sounds like we're gonna need it.
#7majinbuu58Posted 7/23/2014 2:12:52 AM
@post #3.. You really didn't understand what you just read.
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#8AnatomyHorrorPosted 7/23/2014 3:16:34 AM
majinbuu58 posted...
@post #3.. You really didn't understand what you just read.


And how did you understand it?

It sounds like to me, they want One Windows to rule them all. A version of windows that is the same on Tablets, Phones, and PC's. Obviously that means it'll have to have touch controls. Sounds like this'll be Windows 8 v2.0.
#9samuraigaidenPosted 7/23/2014 3:29:02 AM
It sounds good, but could be terrible. Depends on how they'll effectively implement it. We'll all have to wait and see.
#10leon_trunksPosted 7/23/2014 4:10:26 AM
Apple Desktop Monopoly Incoming