A recent CITEworld article written by Mary Branscombe includes a quote from a Microsoft leader that directly hints at future harmonization of the various strains of Windows across disparate device classes.
According to Branscombe, Microsoft executive vice president Julie Larson-Green said the following at a recent event [Insertion via CITEworld, formatting: TechCrunch]:
We do think there is a world where there is a more mobile operating system, that doesn’t have the risks to battery life or the risk to security [that Windows does] but it also comes with a cost of flexibility. […]
We have the phone OS, we have Windows RT, and we have full Windows. We are not going to have three.
I confirmed the above quote with Microsoft, who provided a very slightly different version of the second part: “We have the Windows Phone OS, we have Windows RT, and we have full Windows. We’re not…
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