The next major version of Windows is expected to be released in Spring to Summer 2015, in about a year’s time.
There has been many hints along the way, and now Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has confirmed that the next version will be the one that subsumes Windows Phone into Windows.
At the Microsoft quarterly earnings call he said:
“We will streamline the next version of Windows from 3 operating system into one single converged operating system for screens of all sizes. We will unify our stores, commerce and developer platforms to drive a more coherent user experience and a broader developer opportunity. We look forward to sharing our more about out next major wave of Windows enhancements in the coming months.”
He notes later in the call, collated by Neowin in the video above, that the OS will have a UI which scales across all screen sizes.
The news suggests we may see a radical change in the UI of the next major version of Windows Phone in 2015, and that the artificial differences in functionality between Windows and Windows Phone may go away e.g. that if Windows supports Bluetooth keyboards, Windows Phone should also.
In some ways the news also telegraphs the death of the traditional Windows Phone however. How do our readers feel about this news? Let us know below.