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Microsoft to merge Windows, Windows Phone and Xbox OS

A merger of Microsoft's three operating systems has long been predicted, but on Tuesday CEO Satya Nadella signalled that the company is finally implementing a merger of the three platforms.

Nadella was addressing the media for Microsoft's Q2 earnings report where he revealed that the next version of its operating systems will unify Windows, Window Phone and the Xbox OS.

"We will streamline the next version of Windows from three operating systems into one single converged operating system," said Nadella. "This means one operating system that covers all screen sizes," he concluded.

Last year, Steve Ballmer had already set the wheels in motion for such an integration when he merged the Windows division with corporate VP Terry Myerson's Windows Phone division and created a new operating systems division.

Myerson too had hinted at a converged Windows platform last year.

Recently, Nadella also made some changes to the engineering divisions at Microsoft to facilitate a startup like work environment.

Earlier in the year, at BUILD, the company released developer tools that allow for a common app platform that works across Windows for PC and Windows Phone.

Microsoft has been behind the curve in terms of operating system synergy. Google and Apple have made some strides in this space. Google's Android and Apple's iOS both allow for apps that work with both the phone and tablet, however this is not possible for Microsoft's platforms.

Additionally, at Google I/O in June, the search giant announced native Android app support for its cloud-based OS - Chrome OS. Apple also showed a feature that it calls 'Continuity' at WWDC in June, which allows for some synergy between iOS and OS X Yosemite.

Microsoft on Tuesday announced its Q2 earnings with revenue standing at $15.79 Billion driven largely by growth in its cloud service business.

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