We've already seen some examples of this: The Live Tiles in the People app within Windows Phone and Windows 8, for example, already display the images of a user's contacts. Meanwhile, Microsoft "evolved" the Start page in Windows 8.1, sharing background images with the desktop and reworking the Apps screen.
What's clear is that Ballmer has a goal in mind for Microsoft, and this week's reorganization was simply the latest milestone on its journey. It's a rare thing for a company to outline its plans for the future, even conceptually. Time will tell, however, if it's headed in the right direction.
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