Senior product manager at Microsoft, Greg Sullivan, says Microsoft is comfortable offering different versions of Windows. So they’re not unifying operating systems, for now.
Microsoft is offering two versions of Windows 8 along with its mobile operating system, but the company says they’re going to remain separate
A concern over Windows 8 is that we’re going to have two different versions of Windows – Windows RT and Windows Pro – and that’s also the case with Windows Phone 8: there’s a feature-limited 7.8 version, which basically just brings over the start screen. Microsoft doesn’t have any plans to combine versions of Windows, at least for now, like Apple.
Product manager Greg Sullivan he believes there’s enough difference in display resolution and aspect ratio to differentiate rather than building a smartphone operating system and trying to differentiate that.
However, there will be a continued convergence of Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8. It’s a needed approach if Microsoft wants to make Metro popular the long term; the ability to develop Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 apps simultaneously, which gives developers on either platform to have more of an incentive support both platforms. That should be we’ll have a pretty decent offering of apps around launch, which is essential as I’ve said before.
Talking about Apple, Sullivan said it took the approach of scaling iOS up to a tablet form factor. While the iPad is still the market leader in the tablet space, I’ve never been sold on the UI: it does feel scaled up, and doesn’t take advantage of the 9.7-inch screen.
iPad Not Productivity Device
Sullivan also criticized the iPad connectivity options: there’s no USB port, and no expandable storage. If devices are to be true productivity devices, then there have to be ways to transfer documents from the PC.
Sullivan said Microsoft is doing the opposite, which makes sense because it the phone has to have a different experience with less clutter. Look at Google+ on the Nexus 7 and the Galaxy Nexus: the tablet version is magazine-esque, which obviously won’t work on a 4.65-inch phone. He added apps from 1981 work, but I want apps built for Metro because that’s what going to work on a tablet.
We’ll have to see if Microsoft’s strategy pays off.