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Rumor: Windows RT, Windows Phone to Eventually Merge

By - Source: Winbeta | B 27 comments

Microsoft may merge Windows RT and Windows Phone.

Winbeta reports that a source named WZOR, which has provided a number of Microsoft information leaks in the past, claims that the company is planning to merge Windows Phone OS and Windows RT. The source doesn't provide additional details, but rather states that this has been mentioned several times in the past. True or not, Microsoft is seemingly already paving the way by providing support for 7 inch form factors in Windows RT 8.1 launching this October.

In addition to the possible merger, the source also leaked a bit of info regarding Windows 9 and Windows 10. The good news is that Windows 9 will reportedly be similar to the current platform much like Windows Vista stepped up to Windows 7. The OS will also supposedly reintroduce the old Aero interface, but it won't be quite the same. Windows 9 will even reportedly launch in a year's time.  

The bad news is that Windows 10 will supposedly be completely different. That doesn't make any sense given all the chaos surrounding the current Windows 8 release. Yet the source insists that this version will be entirely in the cloud, and will even be served up as an internal desktop concept on September 1. Naturally, this won't be revealed to the public unless an insider spills the screenshot beans.

As it stands now, we know that Microsoft is shooting for yearly incremental updates, but it's unknown how long the Windows 8.x train will continue to ride. The "Windows 9" and "Windows 10" labels are likely only codenames to signify a specific point in the platform's evolution rather than a specific full-blown release. These reference points could be Windows 8.2 and Windows 8.3 for all we know.

Whether Microsoft is pushing for a true cloud OS remains to be seen. Does this mean Microsoft wants an OS similar to Google's own Chrome OS that relies on HTML5-based apps and cloud storage? Or does the company seek to stream its platform on any ARM-based and x86-64 hardware set? OnLive can stream a Windows-based desktop to any Android tablet or Apple's iPad as long as there's an Internet connection to support the stream.

That said, there's a good chance Microsoft is looking to provide a Chrome OS-like experience. The Office 365 and the subscription-based Office 2013 are good examples: they're heavily based on the Internet and receive automatic updates on a constant basis without user intervention. The upcoming Xbox One is another good example, as it can use the cloud to offer features and performance not possible with a single hardware unit. If anything, our current network and Internet connections seem to be bottlenecking a huge potential of innovation and change.

Of course, everything provided here can be taken with a grain of salt. Yet there are a lot of solid possibilities going on in this set of rumors that shouldn't be cast aside as utter gibberish.

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    jhansonxi , September 2, 2013 9:07 AM
    The WinRT and WinP merger makes sense, if only to reduce engineering redundancy. However, the Win9 and Win10 rumors, if true, indicates that there are more Ballmer cronies in management that need to be terminated.
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    jhansonxi , September 2, 2013 9:07 AM
    The WinRT and WinP merger makes sense, if only to reduce engineering redundancy. However, the Win9 and Win10 rumors, if true, indicates that there are more Ballmer cronies in management that need to be terminated.
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    Aoyagi , September 2, 2013 9:14 AM
    WP needs to either die or be completely redone to be less of an iOS ...inspired operating system to put it lightly. Less "app"-centrism, more capabilities of the OS itself.
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    Vorador2 , September 2, 2013 9:16 AM
    I think i will stick with Windows 7 for a while longer thankyouverymuch
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    FrankInKY , September 2, 2013 9:44 AM
    Microsoft is determined that I will never buy another of their OSs again. I feel kind of hurt, wasn't the thousands of bucks I spent on their software enough?...or was it too much...yeah that must be it, they decided I had spent too much of my money on MS DOS, Word, OSs 3.1, 95, 98, 2K, Xp (and even one regrettable purchase of VISTA) and multiple versions of Visual Studio. So they started making OSs they know I'll never buy, to save me money!

    Yeah, that must be it...
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    qlum , September 2, 2013 10:03 AM
    I am still waiting for my games to be ported to linux so I can finally abandon the windows failboat but that seems to take quite some time still.
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    daekar , September 2, 2013 10:07 AM
    You know, I'm pretty flexible when it comes to OSes and software. I use at least 4 different operating systems a week, and three different office suites. But this "cloud based" OS bullcrap is really just too much in a world that is experiencing both a transition to ultra-mobile forms and ridiculous charges for bandwidth usage. And what happens when I need to use my computer and Verizon's crap service goes out? I'm sorry... maybe that's OK for people whose primary computer use is updating which movie you watched with your buff, but it's not OK for anybody who needs full functionality.
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    voltagetoe , September 2, 2013 10:31 AM
    Does this mean that traditional windows x64/x86 applications won't run on windows RT (Photoshop etc.) ?
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    digiex , September 2, 2013 11:03 AM
    Isn't it WROZ is releasing unauthorized Windows ISO?
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    digiex , September 2, 2013 11:04 AM
    Isn't it WROZ is releasing unauthorized Windows ISO?
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    back_by_demand , September 2, 2013 11:05 AM
    Aoyagi, maybe WP8 winning all kinds of industry awards for innovation means they should lower themselves to Apples level? You clearly have never used WP.
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    InvalidError , September 2, 2013 11:06 AM
    Quote:
    Does this mean that traditional windows x64/x86 applications won't run on windows RT (Photoshop etc.) ?

    Windows RT is a cross-platform OS. It was never intended to be compatible with desktop applications compiled for x86.

    More than half the devices running Windows RT lack the first requirement for being able to run x86-based applications reasonably well: a x86-based CPU since most of them use ARM.
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    back_by_demand , September 2, 2013 11:10 AM
    Qlum, if games were ever going to take off on Linux it would have happened by now, supporting 3 or more versions of Windows is hard enough without the headache of supporting at least the top 100 distros of Linux, for the benefit of 0.86% of desktop users that even have Linux, some of which already happily use Windows without moaning every 2 seconds about how they are so hard done by.
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    hannibal , September 2, 2013 11:13 AM
    Nice! Win9 will introduse transparent tiles... Something that I have been expecting from the release of Win8. Semi tranparent Metro UI, best invention since the bread!

    The win10 is more interesting. It can not be completely Cloud based if it can run winXP, Vista, Win7, Win8, win9 etc. programs. The prediction of somekind of MS-"Crome OS" style OS is more likely. Office and many other smaller programs goes to the Cloud (you can use same programs with your phone, tablet, desktop etc.) but there will be a client that can run programs locally. It kind of makes sense when considering how much information there are in the cloud at this moment. But I will never believe that some big company will put its company secrects to a cloud server that is hosted by another company... There will be local content allso. When considering that so many coverment is spying on internet, some critical information will newer be put in the cloud!
    Grain and salt, grain and salt... but these can be true, if we just forget the posibility that win10, will be completelly cloud based! It may actually connect windows, winRT and winP platforms in the cloud level though!
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    FrankInKY , September 2, 2013 11:55 AM
    Microsoft is determined that I will never buy another of their OSs again. I feel kind of hurt, wasn't the thousands of bucks I spent on their software enough?...or was it too much...yeah that must be it, they decided I had spent too much of my money on MS DOS, Word, OSs 3.1, 95, 98, 2K, Xp (and even one regrettable purchase of VISTA) and multiple versions of Visual Studio. So they started making OSs they know I'll never buy, to save me money!

    Yeah, that must be it...
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    Bolts Romano , September 2, 2013 12:43 PM
    Finally someone stood up and make sense to combine RT and Phone 8.


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    The Grave Digger , September 2, 2013 2:42 PM
    So if this rumor come true, i see very Bright Futures for Window 7...LOL
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    falchard , September 2, 2013 9:06 PM
    Windows Phone is definitely the best mobile platform on the market. Easy to develop for, OS itself is faster and more efficient, UI is excellent on a touch screen. Anything you develop for Windows Phone can be used on Windows RT, Windows 8, and XBox360 pretty easily.
    For applications I don't see why you would not develop it from the ground up for Windows Phone/RT since it will go across all of Microsoft's product range automatically. Only problem is 3D games that I don't see moving off x86 versions of windows anytime soon.
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    nevilence , September 2, 2013 9:34 PM
    win 9 sounds like what 8 should of been =P
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    Martell1977 , September 2, 2013 10:40 PM
    So the rumor is Windows 9 is a refinement of Windows 8 and Windows 10 will be cloud based....sounds like Windows 7 will be my last Microsoft OS.
    Windows 8 sucks, so they will polish it and have a shiny turd called Windows 9.
    Windows 10? Why do companies seem to think I would want to store my files on their servers. I have as much interest in the cloud as a politician has in telling the truth.
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    nevilence , September 2, 2013 10:53 PM
    ^ kudos
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