According to a rumor from Digitimes, Microsoft is working on developing Windows Blue as an independent project that will merge the software giant's two primary platforms, Windows and Windows Phone. Could this be true?
According to the report, Windows Blue is being developed by a separate team, rather than being developed by the Windows or Windows Phone teams. The whole idea behind Windows Blue is to merge the two operating systems to compete against, wait for it, Google's Android mobile operating system and Google's Chrome desktop operating system.
"Industry observers said Microsoft is greatly concerned about PC brand vendors' cooperation with Google over Android-based notebooks. Most of the brand vendors that have participated in Android-based notebook development have listed their projects as confidential to avoid pressure from Microsoft, the observers added," the report adds.
It's interesting to see this report make mention of Google's Chrome operating system as a viable threat to Microsoft. Chrome has no foothold in the operating system arena so thats why this rumor is just that, a rumor.
One thing's for sure. WIndows Blue is expected later this year and a preview build is expected during the Build 2013 conference in late-June. Eventually, Microsoft does have plans on merging Windows Phone and Windows 8 in terms of app development. Let's see what Microsoft has to say about this!