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Microsoft to merge Windows Store and Windows Phone Store?

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Microsoft to merge Windows Store and Windows Phone Store?
Terry Myerson, the Microsoft executive VP who is in charge of the software firm's operating systems, reportedly told employees on Thursday that the Windows Store and Windows Phone Store will be merged into one app store. The store will be available with the next version of Windows Phone 8.1 and a special update planned for Windows 8.1. Both updates should be out by next Spring. No comments were made as to how the unified store would work or what it might look like.

Another one of the questions not answered for now is whether this will mean that Windows Phone apps will work on larger screened Windows devices. Microsoft might borrow a page from Apple and allow apps for larger screened devices to run on those devices only, while Windows Phone apps run on handsets and are scaled up to run on devices like tablets.

Myerson once said that "all of the apps we bring to end users should be available on all of our devices," which meets the spirit of his comments to Microsoft employees on Thursday.

source: TheVerge via SlashGear

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posted on 26 Sep 2013, 22:15 14

1. speckledapple (Posts: 879; Member since: 29 Sep 2011)


Its starting.......MS I think is going to well yea. I can see them owning the tablet market and hybrid computer market with only Android being more prominent. Apple will still be up there but they will be number 3. Either way, competition is fun.

posted on 27 Sep 2013, 01:32

9. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 2010; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)


Windows RT + windows phone 8 = Nokia lumia 1520

posted on 27 Sep 2013, 01:57

10. AKumar47 (Posts: 48; Member since: 11 Sep 2013)


number 3 on sales but numero uno on benchmarks... I guess coz ipad 5 is coming soon...

posted on 27 Sep 2013, 06:34 1

12. Timmehor (Posts: 599; Member since: 09 Mar 2013)


I don't see the Windows Tablet/Phone market ever being the biggest, but really solid, unified, excellent for business and overall a great experience.

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 22:17 5

2. lumialove (Posts: 75; Member since: 16 May 2012)


Yeah, I would think this should have been one, if not the highest priority to help win phones to gain traction. MS has great resources, but damn they can be slow..it should have been from the beginning since they share the same core...,but MS Is way too slow....

posted on 27 Sep 2013, 05:30

11. papss (unregistered)


I seen you comment this same thing on wpcentral. Was that you too?

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 22:19 1

3. djripster (Posts: 133; Member since: 10 Dec 2011)


If this means cheaper apps for my tablet, I would warmly welcome it... Its kind of sad to see the same app priced at $2.99 on Android and iOS costing $4.99 or more on Windows RT or Windows 8

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 22:28 2

4. joey_sfb (Posts: 3265; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


The best thing I did for myself is to accept android, iOS and Windows devices. And always buy me the thing that would give me the best value.

Now that is Android, future maybe Windows but not now. I am also a MS Lync administrator so I am well aware of m$ strength in the enterprise.

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 23:03 1

5. kakal0t (Posts: 2; Member since: 22 Sep 2013)


i love that!

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 23:26 1

6. UdhaiyaPrasanth (Posts: 72; Member since: 05 Sep 2012)


This is what I thought when I bought my first WP7.5 Lumia. I thought it'd be running an OS similar to the one on my PC. Glad they are moving in that direction at least now.

posted on 27 Sep 2013, 00:45

7. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2866; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


Wow... this is good that "all of the apps we bring to end users should be available on all of our devices". Be late than never.

posted on 27 Sep 2013, 00:51 1

8. eisenbricher (Posts: 972; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)


Converging is always good. Let the WP ecosystem keep growing. I use a Lumia 520 as my secondary phone, while my primary daily driver is android.
While WP is good enough it still miles away from being useful as my daily driver. They seriously need some awesome apps. They are mostly lacking into Music and Video players. I'm sure that if PowerAMP and MX player could be ported to WP, there would be a sure boost in sells.

posted on 27 Sep 2013, 12:38

13. c1pher (Posts: 9; Member since: 12 Jan 2013)


what is PowerAMP? is it android only music player?

posted on 29 Sep 2013, 03:44

14. Qwerty-keyboard (Posts: 10; Member since: 29 Sep 2013)


like it ppl to see different experience from others not always from android,ios

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