Should mobile and desktop operating systems be merged?

Papa KyKy By Papa KyKy, 3rd Nov 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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There's been a lot of talk lately about Google possibly combining the Chrome OS operating system, and the Android operating system. Does it make sense to combine a mobile OS and a desktop OS?

The case for keeping the status quo

I think that it would be a good idea to have both operating systems available on the same device. However; I would much prefer to see the two platforms kept as separate entities rather than having combined functionality within the individual operating systems. For example, it would be nice to see my Chromebook have a separate android mode. I do not have any desire to have Chrome OS on my smartphone. It is sufficient for me that I can already access documents that I create with software such as Google Docs on my smartphone.
Having both operating systems merge into one would be disastrous and unnecessary. It would also lead to greater instability and more frequent updates required. I also believe that it would contribute to more security challenges. I also believe that merging the two systems with detract from the innovation that occurs with each individual system being separate.

What say you Apple?

Apple has the idea of keeping their operating systems separate,yet keeping interactivity between the two operating systems at a high level. I believe that this is the path that Google should also follow with their two operating systems. Apple is very strong in both desktop operating systems and mobile operating systems. As a result, Apple sees no need to attempt to merge both systems, but has integrated OS X to work seamlessly with IOS devices. This is the right strategy for Apple, since both systems are relatively strong in the marketplace. Having said this, Apple is recognizing that Microsoft’s strategy appeals to the executive, who only wants to have to carry one device to on an airplane. The IPad Pro is Apple’s answer to the Microsoft Surface. It is also their recognition that the power of the tablets have finally caught up with the laptops, which will provide more opportunities for IOS to evolve to have some functionality of a laptop.

One OS to rule them all.

Microsoft has a different approach with the one system rules all devices of Windows 10. I do see where Microsoft is going with having their products on mobile devices. The main reason for this is the lack of a need of a keyboard. Voice recognition technology has improved exponentially. It is much easier for a smart phone to dictate information, and put it into a document and then sync that document into the cloud. Microsoft also recognizes that smartphones and tablets are starting to be almost as powerful as some desktops. Unlike windows 8.1, Windows 10 optimizes itself based on the type of device that you are using. If you are using a tablet or phone, you will need access to touch sensory capabilities more than you would with a desktop. If you are using a desktop, more people want to see the desktop mode with a start button. Having said this, I do not foresee many people wanting to actually do much of their work on their smartphone. I do see the advantages of having access to the same exact documents on the phone, but it is not necessary to have the same OS to achieve this.
This is why that I believe it makes more sense from Microsoft to focus on making software for Android and Apple iOS devices rather than continue to support a separate phone OS. Apple and Google have the mobile market wrapped up. No one else is getting in at this point. Microsoft needs to accept that and make their software work across all platforms (Microsoft already makes a huge amount of money annually from Android due to patents, but that is another story). but It appears to me that Microsoft is already heading in this direction for the most part. Case in point: the Microsoft Office software created for the iPad.

Microsoft is putting almost all of their eggs in the Windows 10 basket, but leaving some eggs with IOS, Android and OS X. To a certain extent, they are even leaving a partial opening for Chrome OS, as you can still access limited versions of Word, Excel, and Powerpoint online for free (if you have a Microsoft account, which is also free). I say that they are limited versions, but they have most of the features that the majority of people use. I believe that this approach will work for the type of company that Microsoft is. Microsoft is extremely strong in desktop operating systems, and extremely weak in mobile operating systems. This is despite the fact that they have been working on mobile operating systems longer than just about anyone. Having one OS makes the most sense for Microsoft for their current situation.

In Conclusion

The merging of operating systems does not make sense from a technological standpoint. It is difficult enough for one OS to get updates out in a timely fashion without being buggy. Microsoft may have the right approach for today’s and tomorrow's devices. They have merged the tablet and laptop well, and with Windows 10, they have an OS that works well with both. Apple has the right approach also, with no merger of OS, but greater interactivity for both. Finally, Google has been flirting with the idea of a merger of operating systems for a while now. They have gone on to say that Chrome OS is here to stay. I believe them, but I think some type of dual functionality is coming soon when Google also creates a device that is similar to the Microsoft Surface. I wouldn’t be surprised if this happens sometime in 2016. Just remember that you heard it here first.


Android, Apple, Chromebook, Google, Ios, Microsoft, Mobile Os, Os Merger, Windows, Windows 10

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
3rd Nov 2015 (#)

One of the challenges is that there are so many devices, with such a wide range of capabilities. With Windows there are still plenty of Windows NT based computers that are still running satisfactorily today, but they can never upgrade.

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
4th Nov 2015 (#)

Interesting Post!

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