Unified Windows / Windows Phone app store coming next year?

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We know that Microsoft’s been interested in bringing some of its disparate platforms – Windows, Windows Phone, and Windows RT – together in harmony, with apps and data freely flowing under one Windows ecosystem. So, the question’s been less about which direction the company’s heading, and more about just how it wants to get there. As we wait to see if app cross-compatibility will ever get off the ground, word arrives that Microsoft is pushing towards a single-stop app store for phone, tablet, and desktop software, and it could arrive sometime next year.

Reportedly, Microsoft’s Terry Myerson confirmed these plans during a meeting today, with the goal being to deliver this unified app store for Windows Phone 8.1 and a forthcoming Windows 8.1 update (GDR1?), both arriving this coming spring. That’s not to say that the store will be available from the moment these platforms are, but it sure appears to be in the works.

While there’s speculation that this change may herald the arrival of at least some degree of cross-platform compatibility, that idea doesn’t specifically come up in today’s rumor, and anything along those lines may be wholly separate from these unified store plans.

Source: The Verge

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