Excited about Windows RT replacing Windows Phone
Last week when Microsoft hinted about the consolidation strategy for the Windows OSs, I got really exited about the prospect of having Windows RT replacing Windows Phone. There are several reasons why this makes absolute sense and can make the difference going forward.
1. Better key talent allocation and utilization of resources:
Instead of having two separate teams working on different OSs that share many things but are still not quite the same is just a big drag for Microsoft right now, it can't be afforded going forward, as Windows 8/RT gain more relevance due to the cheer amount of systems running it, Windows Phone will be relegated into a non priority status inevitably.
2. Windows RT apps are better than Windows Phone apps:
Yes, I just said it, Windows RT apps are way better and offer way more flexibility than the current realm of Windows Phone apps, granted Windows RT apps are still new and been worked out and may not be as polished as the current Windows RT versions, but Windows RT still has tons of room for improvement, while Windows Phone is quite stagnant at this point. Still apps like Netflix, the nomerous great Youtube clients for Windows RT, the games, and may others are better quality on Windows RT than on Windows Phone.
3. Hardware is becoming a lot more powerful.
As years go by, smartphone hardware is becoming incredibly powerful, even low end devices of today, run on dual core processors that are faster than the past the flagship of 2 years ago, next year successors to the Lumia 520 are probably going to be faster than the current generation of Windows RT hardware, it just make sense to jump the boat of RT, as its APIs are much richer and can still run great on low performance devices.
4. Its hard go get a developer to support both of your low marketshare platforms. Yes, windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 share (almost) the same kernel, but differences between both OSs are still something that can't be ignored. Microsoft needs most of those top apps on both platforms, not just on and getting them running on both, its far more difficult than just support for one.