Microsoft has unveiled three different Windows OS, the Windows 8 OS, Windows Phone 8 and Windows RT. The different OS were bracketed for specific uses. However this created a lot of confusion and problems and Microsoft was criticized for making the platforms more complicated
A recent posting on the Microsoft Job Posting hints that Microsoft is in the process of developing a system which will enable the smooth running of the apps of either operating platforms on the other. It will enable the running of different Windows applications on the Windows Phone without any modifications.
It is a very welcome development that Microsoft is actively working to make its Windows Phone apps available on the Windows 8/Windows RT OS platform and vice versa.
This scoop was obtained by @Windows4Live and WMPowerUser.com when poring through the Microsoft careers site where a requirement was pasted for the post of software development engineer in test (SDET) who will make this possible.
From the February 7 Windows Phone team job posting which goes as follows:
Are you excited about Windows Phone? Are you passionate about delivering the best possible experience to the developer community? 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 to help our team bring together the Windows Store and Phone development platforms,” the job post continued. To make this happen, Microsoft is “bring(ing) much of the WinRT API (application programming interface) surface and the .NET Windows Store profile to the Phone,” according to the job post. You will work closely with your developer and PM (product program manager) counterparts to solve the technical challenges of bringing a platform built for desktops and tablets to the phone form factor,”
As of now, Microsoft does not permit its Windows Phone apps for sale in its Windows Store without some modifications. The Windows Phone Store features more than 150,000 Windows Phone Apps. Microsoft has not mentioned officially the exact number of apps which is featured on its Stores.
According to Microsoft the Windows Phone 8 developer’s platform is powered by the ARM processors while the Windows RT also runs on the ARM processor but it is not exactly similar. Both the OS do not have unified runtimes.
The ultimate goal of Microsoft is to run the apps seamlessly on both the OS platforms,Windows 8/Windows RT and Windows Phone code bases and developer platforms. This venture could be the first step in this direction.