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Windows Blue to merge Windows Phone and Windows 8 into one product?

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Windows Blue to merge Windows Phone and Windows 8 into one product?
Time to grab the ol' salt shaker. According to the latest rumors, Windows Blue is going to combine both Windows Phone and Windows 8 into one software package. The word is that the Windows Blue software is being developed separately from both Windows and Windows Phone with the hope that by merging them, Microsoft will be able to compete with Android and Chrome. Earlier speculation had Microsoft merging Windows RT with Windows Blue.

Merging the two systems won't be so easy and Microsoft is also worried about its PC partners cooperating with Google on Chromebooks and on rumored Android powered laptops. Those companies, allegedly working on computers driven by Android, are calling the devices confidential so that they don't get pressured by Redmond based Microsoft to drop the project. The speculation is that Windows will unveil Windows Blue this coming June.

According to the same sources, Microsoft is supposedly working on the next-generation OS that should be released in October.

source: DigiTimes

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posted on 08 Apr 2013, 13:37 16

1. amancarlos (Posts: 42; Member since: 09 May 2012)


that's what they said with windows 8, hope they integrate better this time.

posted on 08 Apr 2013, 14:01 5

8. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5599; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Somehow, I suspect they will be saying the same about Win10. And Win11. And Win12. And, and, and. MS is trying to take a fish and a fowl and turn it into a fishowl. It is seemingly harder to do than they (MS) are acknowledging.

posted on 08 Apr 2013, 15:44 4

24. TheBitterTruth (unregistered)


Thats a good step for WP users

posted on 09 Apr 2013, 00:26

58. AeroPrime (Posts: 149; Member since: 21 Feb 2011)


This mean less to be done when porting to Window Phone.

posted on 08 Apr 2013, 13:38 1

2. Diego! (Posts: 503; Member since: 15 Jun 2009)


So Windows Phone 8.1 / Windows Blue is coming in June and Windows Phone 9 / Windows 9 in October? O_O I shall wait till Christmas if I have to buy another windows phone then.

posted on 08 Apr 2013, 13:43 12

5. jedpatrickdatu (Posts: 146; Member since: 24 Jan 2013)


I just hope the new software will be compatible with existing WP8 devices.

posted on 08 Apr 2013, 13:59 4

7. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5599; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Probably not. WP8 is not compatible with L900s. Why would you think that WP9 would be compatible with L920 devices? MS needs to provide compelling value propositions (at least apparent compelling value propositions) to its hardware partners. Hardware incompatibility is an apparent compelling value proposition.

posted on 08 Apr 2013, 21:17 3

56. Sterijoana (Posts: 32; Member since: 18 Feb 2013)


Based on the rumors I've heard microsoft put a lot of effort in the new kernel for win8/wp8 with the purpose of flexible development & bringing faster and more frequent updates to users. Expectantly they will stay in this for a while to make it effective. Changing kernel every now and then is impractical and unnecessary, not to mention it takes a lot of money thus impacts corporation equally as consumers and developers. So we can hope existing wp8 users will get desired treat from microsoft. Well, still we will have to wait and see to be sure.

posted on 10 Apr 2013, 23:53

63. c1c2c3c4c (Posts: 19; Member since: 01 Oct 2012)


WP7 lacked a encryption chip. without that chip wp8 cant run on any a wp7 device... they could have changed the kernel that's not an issue from a software prospective... it was all about the chip.

they now have the chips on there phones, so there is nothing that can prevent wp9 from running on wp8 devices.

that said they could have given us the full os without the security systems but that would have opened up the phones code to exploitation and most of the new features wouldn't run without the components so it was decided to just keep the kernel and update the 7 phones to 7.8. like all the other company's do when they change the os.

posted on 08 Apr 2013, 15:17 3

16. DFranch (Posts: 139; Member since: 20 Apr 2012)


I think after the WP7 - WP8 debacle MS said that from WP8 forward they would guarantee upgradibility for 18 months after a phone is released.

posted on 08 Apr 2013, 16:19 4

27. akki20892 (Posts: 3304; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


don't hope, say sure, because windowsphone tweeted that "As we’ve said, one benefit of moving to the Windows core is that Windows Phone 8 is upgradeable" don't worry.....!!!

posted on 08 Apr 2013, 18:58 2

45. volcano (Posts: 249; Member since: 25 Jan 2013)


it will they talked about it multiple times and even tweeted about it conforming phones upgradable

posted on 08 Apr 2013, 14:03 5

10. Joshing4fun (Posts: 1047; Member since: 13 Aug 2010)


Microsoft has been rumored to merge all their products and services, since forever. Every time they do merge something though, it ends up being a fairly useless gimmick that costs money (sometimes a monthly subscription).
It's time for me to come back to Android.

posted on 08 Apr 2013, 20:07 1

54. Sterijoana (Posts: 32; Member since: 18 Feb 2013)


"Every time"!! When the last time they confirmed they were merging?
Btw you certainly don't own a Lumia. Whatever platform you are using now, you are always welcome to make your own choice and switch but posting on a microsoft thread you are "switching back to android" is unnecessary.

posted on 08 Apr 2013, 14:22 8

12. UrbanPhantom (Posts: 949; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)


Chrome OS is all but dead, and going nowhere fast: why would Microsoft be worried about a bare bones OS that fails to exploit the existing wares developed for Android, and has no backwards capability for x86? It's basically the worst of both worlds, and those who keep talking about Chrome being the next best popular thing on the block are always forced to say "next year".

posted on 08 Apr 2013, 14:48 1

15. N-fanboy (Posts: 536; Member since: 12 Jan 2013)


I'm confused now. Windows 8 got unvield like 6 months ago and another one?... I need a drink

posted on 08 Apr 2013, 15:42 3

22. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


I sold my L920, cause it had so many negative drawbacks, it had no:
System wide file manger
No bluetooth file transfer
No usb mass storage
Limited 3rd party apps
No Flash nor Silverlight, can't open Youtube desktop nor play Yahoo desktop site
To dependent on Zune, can't download mp3
No video calls
Music player lacks equalizer
No true multitasking
No copy paste
No divx xvid
Only bing
No teethering
No handwriting recognition
The list continues........

With all these time MS been developing softwares, they just ended up with wp8 which only confine for s social hub.
When it comes to tools, productivities that can make your phone more than a phone for communication, they failed.
I'm an Android user I try to use wp8 but the phone is way to far behind from Android, which can do in most aspect other than its social aspects.

posted on 08 Apr 2013, 15:58 15

25. muhsen (Posts: 243; Member since: 07 Jun 2012)


wow, u have never used a wp let alone a wp8,No bluetooth file transfer No usb mass storage Limited 3rd party apps????!To dependent on Zune, can't download mp3???!
can't open Youtube desktop nor play Yahoo desktop site???!
No video calls???!
Music player lacks equalizer???!
No true multitasking??!
No copy paste??!
No divx xvid??!
Only bing??!
No teethering???!
No handwriting recognition ???
the most funny part is ur mentioning the things that's r part of wp8, go troll somewhere else!!
commenting from my lumia 920

posted on 08 Apr 2013, 16:57 2

34. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


Did you or can't you read? It states the list continues. ....

posted on 08 Apr 2013, 16:43 5

30. haseebzahid (Posts: 1812; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


LIAR atlest stop liying and making ur own crapy news up we all know better wannabe FAG

posted on 08 Apr 2013, 16:55 2

32. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


Wtf what has fag got to do with this? O I forgot you have no solid state ground to answer what wp8 advantages are. Man lmao at you. You have to kick off and swear call names instead of giving abrevations.

posted on 08 Apr 2013, 16:56 5

33. UrbanPhantom (Posts: 949; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)


TROLL, stop posting your lies, or else we'll deliver you up to Anonymous, and tell them you support censoring the internet...

Honestly, you're a f***ing pain in the ass, and should have been perma banned ages ago. You've never owned a WP8 device, and sure as hell didn't own a Lumia 920. Now shut up, and go peel some potatos, or do something else useful with your time.

posted on 08 Apr 2013, 17:00 1

35. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


That was funny UrbanPhantom lmao.....
Why would I lie! I had it for 2 weeks and I sold it. Coming from Android from free open OS Linux to closed os was a knightmare you are restricted unlike Android its totally open. I mean you can write command scripts on Linux.

posted on 08 Apr 2013, 17:33 2

41. UrbanPhantom (Posts: 949; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)


Fine, suit yourself - keep pretending that you're some kind of neutral party that is doing society a favor by posting lies about WP8. However, the rest of us want to give the technology it's fair hearing. WP8 does lack in some important areas, but not the ones that you claim, and certainly not to the extreme degree that you are always screaming about...

Linux has nothing to do with this discussion. It works great for my NAS, and for other lesser hardware, but so what? Far as I am concerned, the lack of Adobe and Autodesk equals an atomatic fail grade in my books. If you can bash WP8 for a lack of apps, then the same can be said for Linux (nevermind driver issues).

MS owns the desktop/laptop and enterprize world, Google has mobile locked up, and Apple has preppy teenagers who like to spend their parents money to be fashionable. There is room for everybody, but there is no room for lies. Either tell it straight, or stop posting your worthless spam!

posted on 08 Apr 2013, 17:16 1

40. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


Hey UrbanPhantom where's minathegirl rusticguy meacaoo....?

posted on 08 Apr 2013, 17:05 2

37. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


I say whats the big idear. 4 thumbs down..... my my.

posted on 09 Apr 2013, 03:46

62. TheBitterTruth (unregistered)


you should copyright stupidity

posted on 08 Apr 2013, 19:02 1

46. volcano (Posts: 249; Member since: 25 Jan 2013)


depending on your comment you don't even know what is windows phone 8 lol

posted on 08 Apr 2013, 15:26 2

19. lubba (Posts: 1310; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)


I'm back Doug X! Happy to see me? Anyways its good folks think deep into things but beyond stupid when they think deep into fanboyism. Why care so much what MS does if you hate them? If MS doesn't do anything for you, go criticize someone else and feel good about. You talk down MS all you want but at the end of the day it changes nothing, folks won't change. N-fanboy, lets look at this way. People Apple remain statement, providing nothing new and now you confused about MS making changes for the better of the OS?

posted on 08 Apr 2013, 15:28 3

20. TheBitterTruth (unregistered)


Thats great!

posted on 08 Apr 2013, 16:04 2

26. speckledapple (Posts: 877; Member since: 29 Sep 2011)


its all a chess game. Google trying to enter sacred ground while Microsoft is trying to enter their sacred ground while holding its own. Competition.

posted on 08 Apr 2013, 16:25 8

28. TechNerd12 (Posts: 1; Member since: 08 Apr 2013)


apple fan boys and fandroids need to get a grip. Windows is still dominant over its personal computers and they still have much more programmes and games in windows platform than any other desktop os.This integration will mean windows phones app market will grow and overpower android and ios, not to mention all the developer support you would get on the blue update. Posting from lumia 920, that is more stable and faster than your android or ios device and only running on dual core 1gb ram. Android is bloated on hardware and everyone thinks there device is so superior. Hardly any apps or games take full control of quad core let alone the octa core -.- noobs

posted on 08 Apr 2013, 19:27 4

49. baldilocks (Posts: 501; Member since: 14 Dec 2008)


I've been using Windows 8 on my computer for a while. Absolutely hate it. I've got it looking pretty much like Windows 7 now thanks to a LOT of add-ons. My next purchase will be a Mac.

posted on 08 Apr 2013, 20:43

55. UrbanPhantom (Posts: 949; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)


Windows 8 is fine if you have a touchscreen. Otherwise, it works as Windows 7 when run in desktop mode. I'm not sure why people don't learn to live with this, although MS should have included the start button. Switch to Apple if you like paying more for the same hardware: that pretty brushed aluminum costs extra money...

posted on 08 Apr 2013, 17:51 3

42. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


To be honest this is good news. Look on the bright side, merging together. More good news should be on its way!!!!!

Im really eagerly awaiting for the Nokia Lumia940 with WP9!!!!!!!!

This will help surge 3.7% shares to 50%

posted on 08 Apr 2013, 18:02 1

43. faisolbauuz (Posts: 121; Member since: 05 Jan 2013)


Aaand the wp 7.x users doesnt get anything

posted on 08 Apr 2013, 19:18 5

47. yahoo29 (Posts: 71; Member since: 15 Sep 2012)


I wish u can install Windows 8 apps to your windows phone 8 >.< after that windows Blue!

posted on 08 Apr 2013, 19:38 4

50. ZeroCide (Posts: 683; Member since: 09 Jan 2013)


This will be AWESOME !!! If they can pull it off.

posted on 08 Apr 2013, 20:05 5

53. xperiaDROID (Posts: 5210; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


A Nokia Lumia tablet? A Lumia 928? A Lumia 950 maybe? Or maybe Nokia 1000? ;)

posted on 08 Apr 2013, 22:35

57. steelicon (Posts: 309; Member since: 02 Apr 2011)


Wow! It's either Windows Phone will get smarter or Windows 8 will get dumber. I hope both of them get smarter, otherwise both of them will get dumber. In any case, there will definitely be changes, minute or grand. :)

posted on 09 Apr 2013, 01:52

60. joey_sfb (Posts: 2737; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


Revenge of the winZergs, "TERMINATION of all resistance, openness and freedom!"

posted on 09 Apr 2013, 02:38

61. Simmo3D (Posts: 6; Member since: 09 Apr 2013)


I thought Windows Phone 8 was meant to be merged with Windows 8? Wasn't that their idea of changing the kernel from Windows CE to Windows 8?

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