Microsoft will unify Windows, Windows Phone, and Xbox into ‘one converged operating system’
Microsoft’s Satya Nadella has confirmed that the next version of Windows, probably Windows 9, will unify the Windows, Windows Phone, and Xbox operating systems into “one single converged operating system.”
Have they really learned nothing??
OTOH, maybe the news is not quite what it seems:
Nadella’s “one operating system” ain’t new and won’t be one OS
As such, the idea that the allegedly confusing set of operating systems is going to go away is ill-conceived. The names may change, but the differences won't; the operating systems will look different and support different applications, and we're highly unlikely to ever see x86 desktop applications running on ARM Windows Phones. From the practical end-user perspective, there are going to be just as many Microsoft operating systems as there ever were.
As long as the Desktop survives in a fully functional form and the UI deficiencies injected into it by Windows 8 get fixed, I'm cool with that.