Microsoft Windows Phone users can expect another large reset of the company’s mobile operating system with Windows Phone 9, according to reports.
The rumors, which all originate from Mobile Review’s Eldar Murtazin, indicate that Microsoft has “charged the [Windows Phone Group] with developing a new single OS for both smartphones and tablets, and nothing is off-limits in terms of changes.”
According to Murtazin, those changes could include an entirely revamped interface to replace the Metro design language that now dominates the operating system’s interface. Allegedly, Microsoft would replace the design but not admit it publicly as it “will not be able to admit a mistake, [Metro] is too actively advertised.”
Regardless of the way it looks, Murtazin believes that Microsoft will use Windows Phone 9 as an opportunity to meld its tablet and smartphone software as one solution. Reportedly, the group tasked with researching the possibilities of the next major version of Windows Phone will make their recommendation this fall. Murtazin acknowledges, that neither the operating system nor the new interface that he alleges could be coming, currently exist.
It’s worth noting that Murtazin has been correct about internal Microsoft and Nokia information before. Despite that, the prospect of Microsoft completely throwing out the base of the Windows Phone operating system seems a little far-fetched – especially since it’s unlikely that a third-reset would help Microsoft’s image as being a waffler in the smartphone space.
Microsoft reset all of its smartphone efforts when it introduced the Windows Phone 7 operating system in 2010. During the transition to Windows Phone from Windows Mobile, Microsoft lost a lot of ground in the smartphone space to Google’s Android.
Strictly from a developer perspective, Microsoft technically hard-reset Windows Phone when it introduced Windows Phone 8. While the operating system looks very similar to Windows Phone 7, applications developed for it cannot be used on Windows Phone 7 devices even though applications made for Windows Phone 7 can be ran on Windows Phone 8. Users with Windows Phone 7 devices also can’t upgrade to Windows Phone 8.
If Microsoft did reset Windows Phone again, it would make more sense that the company would do it in the same way it transitioned between Windows Phone 7 and Windows Phone 8. That way it would be able to keep the large cache of applications and users that it has already amassed.
Murtazin did not offer any further details on how a potential reset would impact users or application developers.