Microsoft’s Next OS to Run on PCs, Tablets, Phones, and the Next-Gen Xbox?

Tuesday at Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner Conference, Windows Phone Senior Vice President Andy Lees stated that Microsoft would eventually harmonize PCs, phones, and tablets, making them share user interfaces and core technologies like Internet Explorer.

Lees said:

You can have full PC computer power available in whatever form factor you like. We won’t have an ecosystem for PCs, and one for phones, and one for tablets — they’ll all come together.

A source recently told This is my next that Microsoft is also planning to have the X-Box join that ecosystem within the next four years, which coincides with the end of the X-Box 360′s 10-year lifespan and the upcoming Windows 8′s expected three-year run.

The source went on to state that Microsoft is “seriously considering” re-branding this super-OS something other than “Windows.” Surprising, considering Windows 7 bought back a lot of faith in the Windows name. I can think of a couple instances in the past when Microsoft would have wanted to make a clean break from the Windows name (Vista, Millennium Edition) but stuck it out — are they simply hoping to retire the name gracefully, rather than in shame?

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1 Comment on Microsoft’s Next OS to Run on PCs, Tablets, Phones, and the Next-Gen Xbox?

Brandon J. Clark

On July 17, 2011 at 4:06 pm

It must be nice to sit around and ponder.