Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 20th Jan 2015 14:40 UTC

The biggest takeaway Microsoft is hoping to deliver this week, sources say, is that Windows 10 is built on a single, common "core" (known internally as "OneCore") that will work across a variety of devices, from phones, tablets, PCs, large-screen displays like the company's Perceptive Pixel multitouch-screen devices, and ultimately, Xbox.

OneCore implies more than just the common kernel that Microsoft touted as part of its Windows 8/Windows Phone 8 stories. In addition to the OS kernel, OneCore also includes the dynamic link libraries (DLLs), application platform layer and other pieces of the operating system. Microsoft's pitch to developers with Windows 10 will be they can target the same core environment with their apps, and those "Universal" apps will work across a range of screen sizes. These apps will be available in a single store, rather than separate Windows, Windows Phone and Xbox stores.

Microsoft has been hinting about all this for years now, but they've never managed to pull it off. If they do pull it off tomorrow, they'll be the first to have a completely unified platform on all consumer-oriented device types. Apple has both iOS and OS X, and Google has Android and Chrome OS - and both of them seem to be taking steps towards unification, albeit in different ways.

Whether or not this is actually what will turn things around for Windows in mobile is a whole different girl scout cookie.

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Wasn't Silverlight supposed to do this?
by ingraham on Tue 20th Jan 2015 16:26 UTC
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Silverlight was supposed to work everywhere. MS killed it. It used to be the case that betting on a Microsoft technology was a safe bet. DirectX, .Net, etc. Now they seem to change direction weekly, and the list of abandoned technologies is a giant warning sign to developers to watch for the rug being pulled out from under them at the worst possible moment.

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Adurbe Member since:

You're worried that Silverlight, which came out in 2007 and is supported until 2021, is "pulling the rug out"? Thats quite some support cycle in my view!

Lets be honest, its competing against a product that wilted and died in the mobile era (Flash). If you are seriously starting a new project in silverlight, maybe you should start looking very closely at HTML5.

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moondevil Member since:

My mate just sent me a post over Google Wave about his new PowerPC video processing application done with QTKit, with garbage collection enabled.

The application allows integration with the Netflix's API for download of video samples.

Thankfully, not all companies are like Microsoft.

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