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Microsoft to Further Unify Windows and Windows Phone

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Software giant wants apps to seamlessly work on both platforms.

Microsoft has posted a job listing for a software engineer to further unify the Windows Phone and Windows 8 developer platforms.

The firm wants the successful applicant to work alongside the team making Windows Phone apps work on Windows 8/RT and vice versa. The software giant has previously expressed its intention to create a unified Windows platform in order to see Metro-based apps in the Windows Store working seamlessly on both platforms.

"Are you excited about Windows Phone? Are you passionate about delivering the best possible experience to the developer community?" the job posting reads. "Do you wish the code you write for Windows Store apps would just work on the Windows Phone and vice versa? If so, then this is the role for you!"

"We are looking for a highly motivated and technically strong SDET (software development engineer in test) to help our team bring together the Windows Store and Phone development platforms. You will work closely with your developer and PM (program manager) counterparts to solve the technical challenges of bringing a platform built for desktops and tablets to the phone form factor."

Microsoft's Windows Phone platform, which received 75,000 apps in 2012replaced BlackBerry as the third leading mobile platform during the fourth quarter of 2012, while Windows 8 accounted for 2.2 percent of the worldwide operating system market in January 2013.

 

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    jhansonxi , February 11, 2013 3:54 PM
    This is not the Zak you are looking for. ;) 
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    DarkSable , February 11, 2013 3:54 PM
    Hmm. If it means that windows 9 will be more like a phone than a computer, then: "Boo! Hiss!"

    However, if it means that a decently powerful phone could replace small laptops or those damn tablets in most scenarios they would be useful, then I'm all for it.
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    DarkSable , February 11, 2013 3:54 PM
    Hmm. If it means that windows 9 will be more like a phone than a computer, then: "Boo! Hiss!"

    However, if it means that a decently powerful phone could replace small laptops or those damn tablets in most scenarios they would be useful, then I'm all for it.
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    jhansonxi , February 11, 2013 3:54 PM
    This is not the Zak you are looking for. ;) 
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    lradunovic77 , February 11, 2013 4:43 PM
    This is not gonna work. MS doesn't understand that PC and Phone do not have anything in common, two different devices in the nature therefore this is going be a big fail. MS will learn this hard way. They should focus on some common services and features which will help two platform to communicate between each other. Right now they suck in that area.
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    enewmen , February 11, 2013 4:49 PM
    I still like the basic idea of running one application for ALL size devices - did not say "App". Like Dark said, if I can run full size applications on my phone, then good for me. Just because the interface on Win 8 sucks, that does not mean the interface on the application must suck. I've personally wrote applications that adapt to many devices with different sizes, different performance, different interfaces, different input devices. It's not that hard, like making a Web Form that runs on many different browsers, mobile and desktop - many different User Agents.
    No plans to be a SDET.
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    ojas , February 11, 2013 5:02 PM
    Sounds more like they want to unify RT and WP8.
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    dozerman , February 11, 2013 5:29 PM
    Here's to hoping it's just an emulation layer on top of windows 8 and not something stupid...
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    dozerman , February 11, 2013 5:29 PM
    Here's to hoping it's just an emulation layer on top of windows 8 and not something stupid...
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    runningnak3d , February 11, 2013 5:30 PM
    So let's see ... Zune failed because of the hideous effing interface. So, what does MS do? They make a phone with the same hideous effing interface. But wait, that isn't enough, they then had to go and put that hideous effing interface on their desktop OS. Both Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8 are failing miserably, and what do they want to do? Make them more like each other. Brilliant. Someone f**king fire Ballmer already.
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    dozerman , February 11, 2013 5:30 PM
    Here's to hoping it's just an emulation layer on top of windows 8 and not something stupid...
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    dozerman , February 11, 2013 5:30 PM
    Here's to hoping it's just an emulation layer on top of windows 8 and not something stupid...
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    thefiend1 , February 11, 2013 5:31 PM
    The reason why Windows 8 sucks is because it is optimized for mobile (tablet, phones). If I wanted that I would just get a tablet - but I want a desktop... like Windows 7. Period. None of this touch screen tile bullcrap.
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    runningnak3d , February 11, 2013 5:32 PM
    @dozerman ... too late. Stupid was getting rid of the one man that MAY have been able to fix this mess.
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    dozerman , February 11, 2013 5:34 PM
    Wtf just happened????
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    southernshark , February 11, 2013 5:41 PM
    Hopefully...... this means that MS plans future Windows phones to be x86 based. That is something that I would like. A decent x86 based phone.... tablet and PC all in one. Intel or I guess AMD... has a long way to go though in terms of power/performance to make that dream real. The current crop of Atom processors leaves much to be desired.
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    Marcus52 , February 11, 2013 6:00 PM
    This is what I was expecting and hoping for, and the reason I want a Win 8 phone. I want a hand-held computer that is also a great phone and camera, that integrates seamlessly with my desktop system.

    Android isn't really there, because it isn't developed like a real OS. I'm also excited about Ubuntu coming to the smart phone because Canonical knows how to make Linux user-friendly; Google isn't so good at that. Win 8 is intuitive. Ubuntu is intuitive. Android, not so much. In my opinion, of course. :) 
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    scrumworks , February 11, 2013 6:15 PM
    Unifying sounds like a great idea. How that works in practice is another thing.
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    diddo , February 11, 2013 6:53 PM
    Hey, windows 7 was an huge sales hit, everyone loves it.
    Hey, windows phone is irrelevant and managed to lose even the market share of CE.
    Genius: let's make W7 more like Windows Phone!
    Hey, something went wrong with previous genial idea, and now 8 has 1/4 of the market share of 7 at the same point even if aiming at more devices, and Phone 8 lose other market share!
    Supergenius: let's make w8 more like Windows Phone!

    Microsoft, what are you doing? SHTAP!!
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    silver565 , February 11, 2013 7:49 PM
    I do ask that you read my whole comment before you "dislike it".

    Windows phone is great, you can't deny that it's fast, slick and simply "just works"(never thought I'd ever say that about windows lol). I can see why Microsoft want applications to work on your phone and PC, it'd make everything a lot easier. Being able to have everything synced would indeed be very nice and it'd remove the division. Android and I never clicked, it just reminds me of a linux distro that got smashed together with another two, but that is just my opinion.

    Microsoft need to think a bit better though. Releasing surface and Apollo to only "some regions" is the stupidest thing I've ever seen. You either give it to the whole world, or you don't. Simple as that.

    I don't want a touch screen on my desktop, Microsoft can go to hell. I want two 23" screens just as I have now. No touch rubbish. I want a simple keyboard and mouse. I'll be sticking to windows 7 for now.

    Microsoft... you're so close to getting it right. But yet.. so far off
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    IAmVortigaunt , February 11, 2013 7:58 PM
    runningnak3dSo let's see ... Zune failed because of the hideous effing interface. So, what does MS do? They make a phone with the same hideous effing interface. But wait, that isn't enough, they then had to go and put that hideous effing interface on their desktop OS. Both Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8 are failing miserably, and what do they want to do? Make them more like each other. Brilliant. Someone f**king fire Ballmer already.


    Ummm where did you get the impression that Zune failed due to "the hideous effing interface"? Are you kidding me? The Zune interface was great--much better than the iPod's IMO. It failed largely because it was late to the game and iPod already had people locked into iTunes.
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    IAmVortigaunt , February 11, 2013 8:06 PM
    silver565 I want two 23" screens just as I have now. No touch rubbish. I want a simple keyboard and mouse. I'll be sticking to windows 7 for now.Microsoft... you're so close to getting it right. But yet.. so far off


    You can keep your two 23" screens with Windows 8. In fact, you can have a separate taskbar for each screen, something Win7 does not allow you to do. I think Windows 8 makes a lot of sense for a multiple monitor setup. One screen has your tiles constantly updating with information while you're working on the desktops on the other monitors, or you go to the desktop on all monitors, much like Windows 7. Then any time you need to check your basic feeds, like email, messaging, weather, social networks, hit start, glance at the tiles, hit start again, and you're back to the desktop. What is so difficult about that? Don't have to minimize or move windows to find a widget or try to pull up a browser or email client just to check on these basic pieces of information. One button. One button back. Done.
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