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Microsoft may expand hardware lineup, as Ballmer pushes 'family of devices'

Gregg Keizer | Aug. 13, 2013
Despite disappointing financial results and the Surface RT tablet debacle, Microsoft is planning to expand its hardware offerings.

Currently, Windows 8, Windows RT and Windows Phone share a kernel, but they don't share a complete code base; apps written for Windows 8 and Windows RT can't run on Windows Phone 8, and vice versa. A "write once/run many" model would give Microsoft an advantage that even Apple doesn't enjoy: Apple's iOS apps are incompatible with OS X.

"Having all the OSs under one roof was long overdue," said Bob O'Donnell, an analyst at IDC.


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