A recent change of staffing in the upper levels of Microsoft has left everyone guessing whether a merging of code is afoot at the Redmond HQ.
Windows Phone Head Andy Lees Whisked Off To A New, Secret Project
Digital News outlet AllThingsD has recently uncovered an internal memo that announces a change in the Windows Phone team. Current head Andy Lees has been reappointed for a project that combines Windows Phone and Windows 8. He still retains the position of division president for Windows phone but is not actually heading the team right now.
According to the internal memo uncovered in the report, CEO Steve Ballmer has asked Andy Lees to move to a new position that entails working for Ballmer on a “time critical opportunity focused on driving maximum impact in 2012 with Windows Phone and Windows 8”. Ballmer also goes on to say that they have “tremendous potential” in Windows Phone and Windows 8 and this new move will enable them to “really deliver against that potential”.
That just about clears out all doubts as what Andy Lees would be working on. It is a combination of the two platforms. Now the question is — to what degree would the two platforms be combined? Let’s examine the current situation at Microsoft.
All of Microsoft’s platforms have started their evolution to a unified interface and experience. Even though Windows 8 is not commercially out yet, everything else is starting to look like Metro. The new Xbox facelift looks like metro. Windows Phone was already there with the original Metro interface. With Windows 8, that circle will be complete. And this goes beyond just interface.
It has already been made clear that Windows 8 will pan across devices. It will be the one single OS that will run PC’s, tablets and phones. In that light, it is a plausible assumption that this move by Ballmer is towards a goal of unifying and merging Windows Phone in to Windows 8 to create on super platform. It is probably how Windows 8 will be running on ARM because Windows Phone already does.