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Things are happening at a very fast rate at Microsoft. First was the retirement of its long serving boss, Steve Ballmer, then the launch of the Surface Tablet second edition and today the news that the Redmond Company is merging its Windows Phone and Windows application store into one store.
The news was featured in news website The Verge which has quoted reliable source who revealed that the company is close to effecting the merger and this fact was discussed in the internal meeting of the company. The move was spearheaded by Terry Myerson, head of Microsoft’s operating systems group and the move will affect thousands of employees in Microsoft payroll. The merger will not be visible until 2014 when the Windows 8.1 and the Windows Phone 8.1 are going to be released.
However Terry did not reveal the details of the actual working of the merger or answered the question if Windows Phone 8.1 app will work on a Windows 8.1 machine. Such a possibility looks very remote. There has been no confirmation about the news from Microsoft. Terry Myerson who had earlier headed the Windows Phone division from 2011 has been given the responsibility of the Windows OSD this summer.
Praising Terry, the erstwhile Steve Ballmer had said, “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. 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.”
The move by Microsoft to merge Windows Store and Windows Phone Store into an amalgamated app store was anticipated for some time now. Details are still sparse and the news was sourced to employees who had attended an internal meeting where the news was broken by Terry Myserson.