Could Microsoft scrap Windows Phone 8 and head back to the drawing board for Windows Phone 9? Eldar Murtazin from Mobile Review recently reported that the company is considering ditching Metro UI for a totally new design, and although the prominent mobile leaker has a pretty decent track record – especially when it comes to Microsoft -this rumor doesn’t seem very likely. After all, Microsoft relies on Metro UI for Windows 8, Windows RT and Xbox, and it’s generally a really nice experience on a mobile device.
The company’s goal is reportedly to consolidate Windows Phone 8 and Windows RT for tablets into a single OS, similar to the way iOS and Android work. This isn’t a bad idea, but honestly the best Metro UI tablets are the ones that run pure Windows 8 anyway, rather than the watered down version.
Murtazin claims that Microsoft has assembled a working group to consider all options, from updating Windows Phone 8 to scrapping the OS all together and starting fresh. It’s understandable that the company may be having doubts considering its failure to gain a decent share of the mobile market, but we seriously hope Microsoft sticks with Metro UI. It’s actually a pretty great operating system, and one day could be a true third ecosystem with a few key updates and better app selection. Microsoft needs to get major mobile developers creating top apps. Eventually, Windows Phone will succeed, but only if Microsoft commits to its own UI.
TechnoBuffalo reached out to Microsoft for comment but a statement was not immediately available.