The shared Windows/Windows Phone kernel might be named OneCore, will let you develop once for both platforms

The shared Windows/Windows Phone kernel might be named OneCore, will let you develop once for both platforms
A renowned leakster of all thing Microsoft has noticed a few job postings that indicate how the new common Windows/Windows Phone kernel will be referred to. Windows OneCore will eventually be the name of the shared kernel, that will be merging phones, tablets, PCs, and Xbox development, allowing for a common XAML UI that will make it easier for devs to write once, and distribute their app across all devices in the Microsoft universe. A LinkedIn posting reveals the following in the job experience description "porting trademark Windows Phone features for use in any Windows operating environment through Windows OneCore."

This is certainly an ambitious undertaking, and a watershed moment in the Windows franchise history. If Microsoft manages to pull it off, it will be the first one amongst the major Silicon Valley players that will have unified both the interface design language, and the backend development for all of its platforms. The lines between phones, tablets, convertibles, laptops, desktops and game consoles will be blurred even further, it seems, and Microsoft is shaping up to be at the forefront of this unification, once the Nokia smartphone business is fully absorbed.

source: WalkingCat via WMPU

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30 Comments

1. Trolloftheyear

Posts: 66; Member since: Jul 16, 2014

This is great. Hope they will allow to sideload metro apps.

2. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Finally. Things are coming together.

3. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Seems too Good to be true. :)

8. lalalaman

Posts: 638; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

This is ur first comment that is not against ms.....whats come over u:D

10. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

No. There are lots of other comments. And I use windows on PC, Office and outlook for work. Hate ugly metro UI and wp fanboys. ;)

12. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Love it or hate it, metro is the way forward.

16. cezarepc

Posts: 718; Member since: Nov 23, 2012

+1 True. Metro UI is a way forward. Some people just don't appreciate it since it's a long jump from what they're used to with the Windows interface. But with the shared core, imagine what development we'll see for WP. Shared core... OMG... People don't realize what this will bring.

20. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

In reference to your last line, I'm not sure whether you really appreciate OneCore or its just sarcasm.

29. cezarepc

Posts: 718; Member since: Nov 23, 2012

@NokiaFTW I really appreciate OneCore :) Just imagine what kind of syncing capabilities this can bring.

14. lalalaman

Posts: 638; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

Nokiaftw is right about that....I don't know why u hate it but I Iike it (not love it).....it has brought a very clean looking ui....evry thing is simple and clean, thats the way I see it, tiles can be sometimes boring though.....apple and android and other seems ro follow that clean approach too:):)

28. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

I love Metro, so do Apple and iOS.

4. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

Sorry, but you already develop for both platforms,the apps you make named universal apps....

13. brrunopt

Posts: 742; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

except its not just 2 platforms, there are 3 (xbox)

5. dratomic

Posts: 483; Member since: Oct 09, 2013

OS1 seems close. i wonder if cortana will be renamed to samantha...

6. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

What ? The most off topic comment......

15. dratomic

Posts: 483; Member since: Oct 09, 2013

it was a movie reference. HER

7. fsnas

Posts: 122; Member since: Jun 18, 2012

I can do this! my whole experience is in OneCore business!

9. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

I heard this was coming in a Windows weekly show on Twit website but no name was yet given for the OS that would do this was given. I thought all this would come to pass in 2016. This is great for MS devices. Right now Microsoft now need more touch screen friendly apps for their Tablets and smart phones and a Windows 7 like non Tile UI version of Windows 9 for those folks who do like The live tile interface on their desktop computers. The Hybrid Windows 8/8.1 OS is not popular. Rumor has it that when windows 9 Arrives in 2015 it will automatically set itself to boot to the desktop and be more desktop friendly if it senses the computer it's on doe not have a touch screen monitor . Great work Microsoft

11. tigermcm

Posts: 861; Member since: Sep 02, 2009

that last comment is already apart of win8.1

17. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Already does that on 8.1 My pc boots into desktop mode. While mouse and keyboard are inserted, you get taskbar access to metro apps and minimize and close in metro apps like you do in legacy apps. People who go all jerk hard over win8, have rarely used it, used it for two minutes and went nuts. I swear, people going from a pc to android tablet they act like it is the easiest thing (i have seen a lawyer throw his 700 samsung tab out the window cause he couldnt use it and was mad at the verizon rep), people going from a start menu to a start screen and the world burns in fire.

18. Settings

Posts: 2942; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Correct me if I'm wrong, but did Apple did this to their devices? Or they just planned it?

22. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

iOS is not OS X, but the two are similar in some aspects. Apple is not trying to solve problems that don't exist, or only make sense to some numb-minded IT director. Great apps come from great tools that are focused to one particular purpose. There are no great apps that come from monoculture minds, i.e. one language/core/platform/tool for all apps. Basically Microsoft is imposing their monoculture mindset on their development tools and OS platforms. They think developers want that, but in reality, developers want to be able to write great apps that sell well. Developers are not looking for magic wands to make desktop apps into mobile apps and vice versa.

24. Settings

Posts: 2942; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

If I'm a dev I would think differently. If I develop a single app for a single platform only, like mobile, I would make little income. If I develop a single app for multiplatforms, like mobile, pc, tablet and xbox, I'll do get a helluva money. Do the math brah, less effort for less money or less effort for more money? You're underestimating Windows' SDK.

30. reliant1

Posts: 4; Member since: May 25, 2010

Excellent point. Hard to imagine why this wouldn't flesh out the Windows ecosystem in a hurry. Harder to imagine why PA hasn't reviewed the Surface Pro 3. Not to do so speaks to bias and lack of vision. MS is focused on getting it right. Everybody knows Windows. When they get it right, and they will, and the experience is the same across tablets and phones and PC's, they will reach critical mass.

25. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Then why did Android plan around Java? Java was made to do just what MS is doing with their OWN software. Then again java is a mess imo that is. MS does not have one design language. You can write in C/C++ C# Java/html5, so no. What you are not understanding is the backend, this is where this is the golden crown. What they are wanting and is already happening, is that i Code in C++, my app looks this way. Then Visual Studios and Windows Platform handles the rest. The platform knows what device it is on. If you 'knew' coding, this is the holy grail of coding, it is what things like Python Java and all other interpreted languages aim to do.

27. tigermcm

Posts: 861; Member since: Sep 02, 2009

its logical to streamline the process this trumps whatever malarkey you are saying. im not a developer however I would NOT want to make an app 3 different times under the same kernel.

19. billgates

Posts: 555; Member since: May 29, 2014

If and when this happens it will be huge for development and will bring in many consumers

21. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Microsoft is solving a non-existent problem with "OneCore". The side effects are going to include harder, more complex app development for all Microsoft platforms, i.e. continue the direction Microsoft has been headed for a while with terrible development tools, and push the pedal to the floor.

26. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

A non-existent problem? You have never did any kind of coding work for multiple platforms and code basis. And if you did, i highly doubt it was anything 'substantial'. Then again for all i know you are the network engineer for TI and develops for 5 different systems from unix, linux, win, ios. And you have no problem having to code for 5 different things with 5 different basis. Not to mention having to design code that works on arm/x86 and various other things that you have to keep track of 5 different code basis... right a problem that doesnt exist. How is google coming along with a full fledge desktop OS?

23. DontHateOnS60

Posts: 872; Member since: Apr 20, 2009

I'd be interested to see what Apple does now.

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