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Comment: Windows 8 Should Be A Unified Desktop/Mobile OS

News has reached us that Windows 8 will indeed run Windows Phone apps, although the opposite won't be true; this opens up the tantalising prospect of having a single Microsoft platform, one OS to rule them all. The fact that Windows 8 will run on ARM-based hardware next year can only mean that sooner or later a company will adapt it to run on a smartphone but without compromises.

Earlier this year, Fujitsu produced a smartphone that ran on Windows 7 that was built around an Intel Atom processor which impacted badly on battery life. The similarities between Windows 8 and Windows Phone could be seen in the first video previews of Windows 8 which were shown, with its touch and tile-based interface.

And we wouldn't discount the possibility that Apple is also doing something similar; the last few months have literally been peppered with hints that Mac OS X and iOS will sooner or later merge - rumours of ARM-based laptops, the Apple Mac Store and the fact that its desktop operating system, Lion, is being sold as a downloadable file provides further indication.

A single ecosystem would make plenty of sense. It would allow users to get the best out of a single device (imagine a smartphone powerful enough to be your main computer), and would dramatically cut the device's TCO, would make the lives of developers much easier (since they'd have to focus on only one platform) and would make time-consuming things like syncing obsolete.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.