According to the latest news we get from the Microsoft support blog, the Redmond based company is planning to lessen the number of versions of their operating system. It mean that in the future, users will not be able to get more Windows 8 versions like pro, home etc as there would be only one. This is considered as a bad decision by many computer analysts as now Microsoft is having a wide range of operating systems for catering the needs of smartphones, Intel based computers and ARM based devices through Windows Phone 8, Windows 8 and Windows RT respectively.
Even though this new move is to provide more integrity and application portability to the operating system, the market will not take this kindly, says most of the computer geeks. This notion took its face when Microsoft devices and services Chief Julie Larson-Green commented about the Windows 8 versions saying, “We have the Windows Phone OS. We have Windows RT and we have full Windows. We’re not going to have three. We do think there’s a world where there is a more mobile operating system that doesn’t have the risks to battery life, or the risks to security. But, it also comes at the cost of flexibility. So we believe in that vision and that direction and we’re continuing down that path.”
Another official with Microsoft, Terry Myerson, also that about this convergence of operating system versions in the Microsoft’s analyst day as, “Windows RT was our first ARM tablet and as phones extend into tablets, expects us to see many more ARM tablets, Windows ARM tablets in the future.” The new Lumia 1520 tablet from Nokia is seen as a first of its kind of device to be launched in the near future from Microsoft.
According to the latest surveys, Microsoft Windows 8 Phones have only negligible market share when compared with Apple and Android devices. However, their stand does improve from the 2.3 percent in the last year to 3.6 percent for this year. Larson-Green also commented about the future of Windows and other mobile devices by saying, “There’s thinking around business models and there’s also thinking around what kinds of devices are the future? So it’s not just about phones and PCs. Phones are being costed down and disposable. There is an inflection point coming, which is something else beyond phones and tablets.”