Microsoft to merge Windows Store and Windows Phone Store?

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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14 Comments

1. speckledapple

Posts: 902; Member since: Sep 29, 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.

9. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2363; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

Windows RT + windows phone 8 = Nokia lumia 1520

10. AKumar47

Posts: 48; Member since: Sep 11, 2013

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

12. Timmehor

Posts: 599; Member since: Mar 09, 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.

2. lumialove

Posts: 75; Member since: May 16, 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....

11. papss unregistered

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

3. djripster

Posts: 141; Member since: Dec 10, 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

4. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 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.

5. kakal0t

Posts: 2; Member since: Sep 22, 2013

i love that!

6. UdhaiyaPrasanth

Posts: 76; Member since: Sep 05, 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.

7. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 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.

8. eisenbricher

Posts: 973; Member since: Aug 09, 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.

13. c1pher

Posts: 9; Member since: Jan 12, 2013

what is PowerAMP? is it android only music player?

14. Qwerty-keyboard

Posts: 10; Member since: Sep 29, 2013

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

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