Microsoft roadmap also shows "common app platform with Windows"

Microsoft roadmap also shows
Yesterday, we brought you the Microsoft roadmap that was tweeted out by ZDNet's Mary Jo Foley, and we told you that it had quite a bit of "innovation" planned for the Surface tablet, which appeared on the roadmap four times. But, there was a small note at the very end of the roadmap that we missed at first that says there will be a "common app platform with Windows".

This is a big one that Windows Phone users have been waiting for. This is the promise that Microsoft laid out when it first announced Windows Phone 8 with the "shared core" between the mobile platform and its desktop cousin, Windows 8 (and the bastard child, Windows RT). Apps have always been the one thing about the Windows Phone platform that detractors could point to and say that it wasn't up to the competition, but finally converging Windows Phone with desktop and allowing developers to build once and run on all devices (the secret sauce that Ubuntu has been promising), that is a huge change, and one that we really hope comes around. 

Of course, we can't say for sure that Microsoft will set up a "build once, run everywhere" process for developers, but that's what we would hope for. It is also possible that Windows Phone apps would be able to run as widgets on a desktop or tablet, but that doesn't really help get more apps on Windows Phone. The feature is at the very end of the roadmap, which would put it around June 2014, so don't expect this anytime soon.

source: @maryjofoley via WMPU

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7 Comments

1. tigermcm

Posts: 861; Member since: Sep 02, 2009

Microsoft better have this going by the holidays if not Ubuntu will steal the show

2. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

Looks to be scheduled for June 2014, so Ubuntu will definitely have the jump

3. UrbanPhantom

Posts: 949; Member since: Oct 30, 2012

Unbuntu? Oh please...linux has only 1 percent of the PC market. Sorry to say, but Unbuntu is going nowhere fast.

6. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

linux has from 55 to 98% of the mobile market (depending on the country), in the form of android.

4. iguano

Posts: 101; Member since: May 10, 2012

Ubuntu? lol what about mandrake?

5. indianapple89

Posts: 47; Member since: Feb 28, 2013

They should rename Windows RT to Windows Snow.

7. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Very good.

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