Updated 09:32 AM EST, Fri, Jan 15, 2021

Microsoft Working on 'Unified OS' Merging Separate Versions of Windows

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Microsoft is reportedly developing a unified operating system versatile enough to cover the different devices that Microsoft supports. The veteran tech company is working on an OS, code-named "Threshold" and oftentimes referred to as Windows 9, which will allegedly be able to unite all desktop, smartphone and gameplay devices.

According to The Verge, during the quarterly earnings call, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella confirmed that Window's next phase involves "[streamlining] the next version of Windows from three operating systems into one single converged operating system."

The company is said to be in a process of reorganizing itself and will eventually see a merge of its various Windows units and ultimately merging all together to work on a single architecture. Referring to the changes, WPCentral quotes Nadella as saying, "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 innovative move may just pan out for Microsoft given its diversity of products and services. However, more details on how the company would go about the streamlining process have yet to be shared, with more information to be hopefully provided in the future.

According to SearchConsumerization, the major question at this point isn't if it's a good idea, it's more of if it's something that Microsoft will be able to pull off.

As a vision of a unified OS that will offer a single experience across devices, it definitely makes sense from an economical perspective. It will mean less staff - individual altercations affect a magnitude of products and services and it may enhance the user and developer experience when running on the platforms of Microsoft.

When referring to a unified OS, this doesn't necessarily mean that the company is now releasing only one system, notes WPCentral. There will still be options available for end-users but the platforms itself will have a single and similar base architecture that would all make user-ability and connectivity a much more fluid experience.

Should Microsoft be successful in implementing this major system overhaul, an enhanced internal unification is a step away from the conventional steps that its rivals have taken. For example, while Apple runs on the iOS for all its portable devices, its platform for its laptops and computers run on Mac OS, which is separate although connected.

This would be a welcomed simplification for developers and users who currently have Microsoft devices as their major utilities.

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