Windows Phone 9 and Windows 9: Should They Integrate Stores and Other Features?

Although Windows Phone 8 might not be the most popular mobile platform on the market, there is no denying that Microsoft’s OS has come along way from Windows Phone 7 and consumers and hardware makers are both starting to take notice and throw in their support.

Now a new job posting has now show up at Microsoft that is looking to hire a Senior Software Engineer that will “expose [the person hired] to multiple subsystems across Windows Phone and requires an ability to ramp to new hardware and technologies quickly”.

This secret Windows Phone project could certainly be anything from a security improvement team to a new effort to work on Windows Phone 9. It’s really hard to say, but it has me thinking. What’s next for Microsoft?

What Should Windows Phone 9 and Windows 9 Look Like?

Regardless of what the job posting is about, we know that Windows Phone 9 is likely already in the works, just like Windows 9 is. That’s the way things work, you finish a big project like crafting a new OS and you start looking towards the future.

With Windows Phone 9 and Windows 9, Microsoft has a huge opportunity to continue what they started by further pushing integration between these platforms and the new Start UI.

In the past I mentioned that Microsoft should drop Windows RT’s desktop and perhaps make Windows Phone 9 and Windows RT the same thing. I still feel that this makes sense, to a degree. Bridging Windows Phone 9 and RT2 together isn’t that important though, what’s more important is that they look/feel/work similarly, and that includes using the same apps.

Windows 9, Windows RT2 and Windows Phone 9 all need to access the Windows Store. There is no need to keep Windows Phone apps and Windows apps separately.

Smart software can detect what type of device you are using (the resolution, etc, etc) and match you with correct apps that will work on your phone/tablet/PC/etc, simple as that.

It’s clear that Microsoft’s live tiles efforts and other changes have been about making all their products work closer together, and keeping separate apps stores is a barrier that needs to be crossed.

What do you think needs to be different with Windows 9/RT2 and Windows Phone 9 for success? Tighter integration, more cloud features, universal settings that follow you on all your devices? Share your thoughts below.

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