It was recently discovered that Microsoft had a job listing for an engineer who would help unify the Windows Phone and Windows Store (Windows 8 and Windows RT) platforms. The job position is filled and the listing has been taken down, but we were able to learn more about what Microsoft has in store.
“Are you excited about Windows Phone? Are you passionate about delivering the best possible experience to the developer community? Do you wish the code you write for Windows Store apps would just work on the Windows Phone and vice versa? If so, then this is the role for you!” the job description read. The listing continued and mentioned that the engineer needed to be highly motivated and technically strong to help the team bring together the Windows Store and Windows Phone development platforms. Microsoft is apparently trying to bring much of the WinRT API and the .NET Windows Store profile to the Windows Phone. Currently, Windows Phone apps need to be modified in order to be sold in the Windows Store for Windows 8 or Windows RT. This would be great news for app developers who can sell their apps for both the Windows Phone and Windows Store, without having to create two separate apps for two different platforms. Could this unification be a part of the upcoming Windows Blue update? More on this as it develops.