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Microsoft exec: 'We are not going to have three' Windows platforms

Brad Chacos | Nov. 26, 2013
Steve Ballmer's audacious vision of "One Microsoft, all the time," delivering a single, seamless user experience across a wide range of devices, from PCs to tablets to video-game consoles, will not be achieved without digital bloodshed. Windows will die, a Microsoft exec suggested last week..

Larson-Green's words suggest that in the short term, Microsoft's sees the need for both a true desktop operating system as well as a more restrictive mobile OS.

"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," she said. "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."

No, the death of the desktop is not yet imminent. But make no mistake about it: The splintered fiefdoms that represent Microsoft's operating systems today are but a temporary blip as Ballmer and company. get their cards in order.

In time, those fractured visions of Windows will die so that One Microsoft (and its focus on a common core and centralized cloud-based services) may live. Heck, one day a single flavor of Windows could power everything from smartwatches all the way up to table-sized tablets.


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