SOFTWARE REDEVELOPER Microsoft is planning on turning its Windows Phone and Windows app stores into one store.
According to The Verge news website the firm is very close to doing this and it has been discussed in internal meetings.
Sources reported that internally the initiative comes from Terry Myerson, head of Microsoft's operating systems group. Reportedly thousands of Microsoft staff have been included in the plans.
Apparently the merger will not appear until later versions of both operating systems, and might not appear until 2014 when Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1 releases are expected to appear.
Reportedly Myerson did not go into details about how this might work or whether a Windows Phone 8.1 app will work on a Windows 8.1 machine, but that seems highly unlikely.
We have asked Microsoft for more information. So far this has not been forthcoming.
Myerson, who previously was in charge of just Windows Phone, was given responsibility for the Windows operating system this summer. He took on responsibility for Windows Phone in late 2011.
"Terry Myerson will assume Andy [Lees'] existing responsibilities for leading the Windows Phone Division. As many of you know, Terry played a key and highly successful role working with Andy by leading the engineering work on Windows Phone 7 and 7.5," said Steve Ballmer then.
"Terry will now be responsible for Windows Phone development, marketing, and other business functions. Because Terry has been so integrally involved in our Windows Phone work already, I'm confident that he can make a seamless transition to this new and broader leadership responsibility." µ
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