"We will streamline the next version of Windows from three operating systems into one single converged operating system for screens of all sizes," Nadella told press and analysts listening to the call.
Wow! One Windows OS running on phone, tablet, PC and gaming console?
Not exactly. Later in the call, Nadella attempted to clarify his remarks, but not in time to stop the breathless headlines.
2. A single "core." Windows Phone, Windows 8, Windows RT and Windows Server are all built on top of a common "core," known as the NT core. Because of Microsoft's layered architectural approach, each OS builds on top of this core using different pieces that make sense for the form factor/hardware on which it runs.
Here's what "one Windows" doesn't mean: There will not be one Windows SKU. Or even two. There will continue to be multiple versions of Windows. Nadella stated this quite plainly on the earnings call.
"Our SKU strategy will remain by segment," he said. "We will have multiple SKUs for enterprises, we will have for OEM, we will have for end-users.... We will be disclosing and talking about our SKUs as we get further along."
For now, nothing new to see here, folks. Hopefully more of the promised pieces will be in place by the time Microsoft makes a public preview of Windows Threshold, which the company is hoping to do by this fall, from what I am hearing....