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Microsoft to Release Unified Windows OS for Desktop, Mobile – and Xbox?

Alex Spencer

[caption id="attachment_46217" align="alignleft" width="300"]Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella[/caption]

Microsoft has released its Q4 2014 financial results, reporting a 17 per cent year-on-year increase in revenues to $23.4bn (£13.7bn) and a seven per cent drop in profits. But most interesting of all was what Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella had to say on the future of Windows during the earnings call:

"We will streamline the next version of Windows from three operating systems into one single converged operating system for screens of all sizes," he said. "We will unify our stores, commerce and developer platforms to drive a more coherent user experience and a broader developer opportunity."

It seems that the three platforms in question are desktop, mobile and, unexpectedly, the company's Xbox One games console.

This isn't the first time Microsoft has made a similar claim. When Windows 8 and its Surface Tablet were revealed, a unified operating system was one of the initial promises, though this hasn't really panned out. It's certainly the first time it's looped in the Xbox, however, and with Nokia now part of the company, it's not too hard to see it achieving parity across platforms.