Terry Myerson, head of Microsoft’s operating systems division, apparently said at Microsoft’s big annual company meeting today that the company is working on consolidating its Windows Store and Windows Phone Store into a single app store, according to a a report in The Verge.
Myerson apparently did not specify whether Windows Phone apps would work on Windows or when the consolidated store would launch.
Microsoft declined to confirm the consolidation of the app stores but did send this statement:
As we’ve said before, one benefit of Windows Phone 8 sharing a common core with Windows 8 is that developers now have the ability to use much of the same code to deliver apps and games on both Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8 devices. Beyond that, we have nothing more to share.
Currently, Windows Phone and Windows tablets apps are purchased separately, and the apps for one platform do not work on the other.
Microsoft is holding its annual employees meeting today at KeyArena. Presumably, this is CEO Steve Ballmer’s last presentation at this meeting, given that he said earlier this year that he would be stepping down within 12 months once his successor has been appointed.
About 13,000 employees are at the arena, with more than 25,000 other employees expected to watch the meeting via webcast. About 9,600 employees are discussing the meeting with each other on Yammer, according to Microsoft.