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Windows 9 "converged OS" vision for Windows Phone, PC & Xbox shared by Microsoft

Microsoft have promised universal apps for Windows Phone, PC and Xbox with the release of Windows 9

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Microsoft is planning to introduce the concept of universal apps for multiple devices with Windows 9, with software for the operating system set to work across Windows Phone, PC and Xbox devices.

This will mean that a single version of an app will work across all devices, possibly making Windows more inviting to developers who have previously steered clear of working with Microsoft over iOS and Android.

The move puts Microsoft ahead of even Apple in this regard, as iOS and Mac OS still require separate apps to be built by developers.

The announcement comes with Microsoft's fourth quarter 2014 results, with Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella announcing a renewed focus on devices for the future.

He said: "We will streamline the next version of Windows from three operating systems 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.

"In the past we had multiple teams working on different versions of Windows," he added. "Now we have one team with a common architecture. This allows us to scale, create universal Windows Apps."

It was teased earlier this month that Windows 9 would see the end of the desktop for mobile devices, and bring the option to disable the Metro view from PCs.

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