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Windows Phone Blue Update: Microsoft Developing PC, Mobile OS Integration …

(Photo : Reuters) Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer displays Windows Phone 8 devices at the Qualcomm pre-show keynote at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas January 7, 2013.

In a move to compete against Google, Microsoft is reportedly developing an operating system that will merge their PC and mobile software.

According to DigiTimes, Microsoft set up an independent project known as Windows Blue, and aims to serve as the next-generation Windows, with an October release date. A team outside the Windows Phone and Windows departments is allegedly developing the project, but its purpose is to integrate the two operating systems.


“Industry observers said Microsoft is greatly concerned about PC brand vendors’ cooperation with Google over Android-based notebooks,” reported DigiTimes. “Most of the brand vendors that have participated in Android-based notebook development have listed their projects as confidential to avoid pressure from Microsoft, the observers added.”

Observers, however, note the concept of merging PC and mobile operating systems will have great difficulties.

Microsoft has not commented on the report.

Microsoft Senior Marketing Manager Greg Sullivan spoke in February about his company’s future plans may feature the next operating system.

“Over the course of the next several months, I wouldn’t be surprised to see some exciting new devices and more interoperability before we start talking about what [operating system] is next,” said Sullivan, who noted the current Windows Phone operating system will be upgradable to the next platform.

“We’re going to have an upgrade path going forward. Windows Phone 8 can evolve,” said Sullivan. “We have an architecture that enables portability and is fundamentally hardware independent.”

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