Microsoft rumored to build single app store for Windows Phone, Windows


Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) is planning to consolidate its Windows Phone Store mobile app marketplace with its Windows Store for desktop software, sources told The Verge.

Windows Phone Corporate Vice President Terry Myerson announced the combined app store during an internal company meeting Thursday, insiders said, adding the new marketplace will roll out in tandem with Windows Phone 8.1 and Windows 8.1, both expected in spring 2014. Myerson did not reveal how the revamped store will work, or whether Windows Phone apps will run on Windows devices moving forward.

Speaking earlier this month at Microsoft's financial analysts meeting, Myerson promised the company will introduce common applications and developer tools across the Windows Phone and Windows platforms. Myerson said the company is organizing its operating system groups around three tentpoles: Commonality, the cloud and tailored experiences for devices. "The first of those is that we really should have one silicon interface for all of our devices," he said, according to The Verge. "We should have one set of developer APIs on all of our devices. And all of the apps we bring to end users should be available on all of our devices." Article