Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 2nd Dec 2013 23:47 UTC

Mary Jo Foley has some information on the next wave of big Windows releases - scheduled for Spring 2015. This wave will supposedly bring the three Windowqs branches - Xbox, phone, PCs - more in line with each other.

The Xbox One OS, Windows 8.x OS and Windows Phone 8 OS already share a common Windows NT core. As we've heard before, Microsoft is working to deliver a single app store across its myriad Windows platforms. Company officials also are laboring to make the developer toolset for all three of these platforms more similar.

But Threshold will add another level of commonality across Microsoft's various Windows-based platforms, sources said. With the Threshold wave, Microsoft plans to support the same core set of "high value activities" across platforms. These high-value activities include expression/documents (Office, and the coming "Remix" digital storytelling app, I'd think); decision making/task completion (Bing, I'd assume); IT management (Intune and Workplace Join, perhaps?) and "serious fun."

The first bit seems like a no-brainer and should have been done already, but the second part seems like traditional Microsoft marketing nonsense. "High value activities"? Seriously? Could this be any more vague and meaningless?

Before Microsoft gets to Threshold, the company is on track to deliver an update to Windows 8.1 (known as Windows 8.1 Update 1) around the same time that it delivers Windows Phone "Blue" (Windows Phone 8.1). That's supposedly happening in the spring 2014/Q2 2014 timeframe, from what my sources have said.

With time frames like that it almost seems as if even Microsoft itself doesn't care.

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Not surprising..
by bassbeast on Tue 3rd Dec 2013 01:29 UTC
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When the news came out that in Nov that win 7 moved more units than win 8 and 8.1 COMBINED you knew that had to cause some serious worry at Redmond so by talking up some vaporware they try to get the pres talking about something else other than the fact that Win 8x is a "do not want". Here is the link for any that want to read the article.

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RE: Not surprising..
by Morgan on Tue 3rd Dec 2013 03:33 in reply to "Not surprising.."
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Indeed, the boss had me hitting up Dell's website for possible Cyber Monday deals on new workstations today; in the "Dell for Business" section all of the workstations default to Windows 7 preinstalled, even though the marketing blurb alongside them says something like "Windows 8 is the best OS yet". Yeah, if it's the best yet, why isn't Dell putting it on their workstations? ...exactly.

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RE[2]: Not surprising..
by tylerdurden on Tue 3rd Dec 2013 04:07 in reply to "RE: Not surprising.."
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Similar experience, for the windows applications/workflows workstations tend to be used in our team Windows8/Metro offers basically no value. Even desktops purchased just a few days ago are running Windows 7.

It's normal for corporate wintel environments to be at least 1 generation behind whatever is the latest windows version for consumers, though.

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