Microsoft planning "one ecosystem" for PC, Xbox and Windows Phone

Big changes coming

Plans unlikely to take effect until 2015 at earliest.

Microsoft is said to be planning a major overhaul of its operating systems, with PC, Xbox 360 and Windows Phone all getting a “harmonised” single ecosystem from 2015. That’s according to sources speaking to This Is My Next, who’ve detailed this extreme move in the Big M’s thinking.

The Redmond company’s own Andy Lees said last week that the company was striving for “coherence and consistency” across the three platforms. But it seems these changes will be far more than cosmetic tweaks, as Microsoft looks beyond Windows Phone Mango and Windows 8.

The 2015 date would fit with the end of Windows 8’s time on shelves, not to mention the 10th anniversary of the Xbox 360. Microsoft has always maintained the console would see out a full decade’s service, despite chatter about an imminent sequel.

In practice, it’s still unclear just what this means. The same sources claim Microsoft could kill off the Windows name as part of the exercise, with a new name to cover the single OS for console, computer and mobile.