Microsoft to roll out a single app store for Windows and Windows Phone in the Spring?

Microsoft to roll out a single app store for Windows and Windows Phone in the Spring?

It's no secret that Microsoft's long-term plan is for Windows and Windows Phone to come together in a single platform, and it looks like a major step along the way could be coming in the Spring.

According to sources in the know, Microsoft plans to scrap the separate Windows Phone Store and Windows Store and merge them into a single app store once both OSes get their next big update.

Speaking to The Verge, the unnamed insiders reckon Microsoft's head of OSes Terry Myerson revealed plans for a combined app store in an internal company meeting this week, saying the app mega-store will launch with the “next releases” of Windows and Windows Phone.

In terms of Windows Phone, that would be WP8.1 (the imminent GDR3 isn't a full new release), which is set to arrive in the first half of next year. That's also when a special update to Windows 8.1 is expected to land.

Beyond the announcement itself, though, it seems Myerson didn't reveal any details, which makes sense given that it was seemingly an all-hands meeting.

But it's those details that will ultimately decide how smoothly the whole thing goes. Are we likely to see another “line in the sand moment” like Windows Phone 7.8, where pre-Windows 8.1 and WP8.1 devices are left out in the cold?

Will apps written for Windows 8.1 RT work on Windows Phone 8.1? Will WP apps scale upwards, and if so will that be just on Windows RT devices, or will full-scale Windows 8.1 users be able to run them too (however clunkily)?

Myerson has previously said “all of the apps we bring to end users should be available on all of our devices”. Fair enough, but it's always easier said than done.

Then again, I'm happy to admit I've never written an app in my life, so I'll happily yield to more educated opinions in the Comments.

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JanSt / MOD  Sep. 27, 2013 at 21:11

What utter nonsense. Really. Point? Then have a separate appstore fir underpowered WP handsets with not enough RAM to run certain apps?
Dumbest rumour I read all week... okay, all day. Um, recently.

Stelph  Sep. 27, 2013 at 22:32

Nah, this makes sense to me, would bring the ms App Store in line with apples, is it so weird that there is one App Store but a number of apps that you can't install on your iPhone? (Cause they're ipad apps or your OS is out of date)

Windows 8 desktop needs a kick up the bum, especially in the tablet sector, and this could be one of those kics as it would give access to more apps

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 28, 2013 at 06:44

Yeah, stelph,
but this sounds as if they were planning to start with the appstore...
The WP appstore is bad as it is - and they are serving WP only. A combined one?!

Harryisme  Sep. 28, 2013 at 16:00

What utter nonsense. Really. Point? Then have a separate appstore fir underpowered WP handsets with not enough RAM to run certain apps?
Dumbest rumour I read all week... okay, all day. Um, recently.


Why not? Google have just one App Store, and i'm not certain but I think Apple has only one too.

They can very easily lock out apps that are not compatible for the phone or vice versa, like in the Play Store (which has an even more difficult task with the varied specs of the phones). This makes loads of sense, one store to manage your purchases is great, at the moment it's a mess, and with GFW being retired maybe having a united store front will makes it more appealing to make purchases on the Windows App Store. And if this means compatible apps be useable on all Windows devices with only one purchase then even better.

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