Windows 8 is NOT coming to Phones

Back in January the CEO of Intel said he was looking forward to Intel putting Windows 8 on smartphones.  This was taken at the time of confirmation that Microsoft’s next generation OS could indeed be a cross-platform operating system and replace the still-new Windows Phone OS.

Then earlier today Steve Ballmer told the Microsoft shareholders meeting that “We’ve got broad Windows initiatives driving Windows down to the phone with Windows 8.” which got a lot of people very excited.

Now the PR people have clarified what Ballmer meant and said that Windows 8 will indeed NOT be coming to phones…

“He was making a statement along the lines of what we’ve already publicly stated around providing a consistent experience across various devices but all carrying the Windows name.”

What does this mean?  We in all probability it means very little.  It is going to mean more work for Microsoft in that they will still have multiple operating systems across their different platforms for Windows, Windows Phone and Xbox to manage and maintain.  It does mean though that Windows Phone won’t be susceptible to the same types of malware attacks that could face Windows 8 in the coming years though.  This is not only good news for consumers and businesses, but also great news for Microsoft overall as a malware threat to the platform could finish it off completely.

It does make sense for Microsoft to have a cross-platform user experience, whatever you think of Metro, and the debate will roll on about whether a UI design that works well on a smartphone is actually suitable for other platforms.  I will say again though that many aspects of Metro are set to change for the beta and we mustn’t judge what we currently see based on something that isn’t even a beta.

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5 Responses to Windows 8 is NOT coming to Phones

  1. Jhabril_Harris November 16, 2011 at 1:13 am #

    Well there’s some depressing news………….. 🙁

  2. Robert B November 16, 2011 at 9:57 am #

    Why would it come to Phones? That would just defeat the purpose of Microsoft having Windows Phone 7

  3. Enrique November 16, 2011 at 4:05 pm #

    Dear Microsoft i hope you can hear me honestly the metro UI is really not working for you.
    changing from one page to another just to get the start menu is very anoying what i recomend
     you to do is make a metro UI in the desktop with aero features that will blow our minds like the windows
    gadgets and make it more live and 3D animated, what i mean is just how we have our desktop today
    but with the Metro UI as background and some aero features. Dear Microsoft being the copy cat
    does not work be the leader not the follower apple sucks and you try to be like them will
    make you suck…Think outside the box HTML5 is good make it better..
    any questions contact me @

  4. Watts November 17, 2011 at 7:00 am #

    well they have the double-integration down with tablets and desktop with windows 8. Perhaps the triple play with a ‘phone mode’ will be Windows 9…

  5. Bill Gates December 11, 2011 at 10:41 am #

    Come on Microsoft needs to have one operatins systems for all its plataforms so that programmers and others can easily work on applications that work for all windows gadgets. I mean imagine that i could make a simple app in my PC and quickly installing it in my cell without having to go throught the phone app making process… OMG.. I mean malware is not such a big problem

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