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

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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56 Comments

1. amancarlos

Posts: 42; Member since: May 09, 2012

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

8. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 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.

24. TheBitterTruth unregistered

Thats a good step for WP users

58. AeroPrime

Posts: 175; Member since: Feb 21, 2011

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

2. Diego!

Posts: 876; Member since: Jun 15, 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.

5. jedpatrickdatu

Posts: 169; Member since: Jan 24, 2013

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

7. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 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.

56. Sterijoana

Posts: 32; Member since: Feb 18, 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.

63. c1c2c3c4c

Posts: 19; Member since: Oct 01, 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.

16. DFranch

Posts: 557; Member since: Apr 20, 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.

27. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 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.....!!!

45. volcano

Posts: 348; Member since: Jan 25, 2013

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

10. Joshing4fun

Posts: 1249; Member since: Aug 13, 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.

54. Sterijoana

Posts: 32; Member since: Feb 18, 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.

12. UrbanPhantom

Posts: 949; Member since: Oct 30, 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".

15. N-fanboy

Posts: 543; Member since: Jan 12, 2013

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

22. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 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.

25. muhsen

Posts: 281; Member since: Jun 07, 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

34. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

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

30. haseebzahid

Posts: 1853; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

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

32. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 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.

33. UrbanPhantom

Posts: 949; Member since: Oct 30, 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.

35. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 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.

41. UrbanPhantom

Posts: 949; Member since: Oct 30, 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!

40. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

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

37. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

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

62. TheBitterTruth unregistered

you should copyright stupidity

46. volcano

Posts: 348; Member since: Jan 25, 2013

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

19. lubba

Posts: 1313; Member since: Jan 17, 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?

20. TheBitterTruth unregistered

Thats great!

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