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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RE[3]: Not surprising..
by leech on Tue 3rd Dec 2013 05:29 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Not surprising.."
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I always thought that too, yet we have clients that want us to support our product on Windows 8.... Why on earth they would want to use Windows 8 over 7 is beyond me. I know we forced them to skip Vista.

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RE[4]: Not surprising..
by WorknMan on Tue 3rd Dec 2013 05:44 in reply to "RE[3]: Not surprising.."
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Why on earth they would want to use Windows 8 over 7 is beyond me. I know we forced them to skip Vista.

I use 8.1 and it's better than Win7 all around. Can finally get Facebook desktop notifications using the Metro app ;) Other than that though, I stay in desktop mode, where it has quite a few improvements over Windows 7. Taskbars on multiple monitors, native ISO mounting, native USB 3 support, better task manager, etc. I don't need 3rd party apps for any of that stuff anymore. Plus, the Start screen is actually pretty usable in 8.1. I don't miss the start menu, and haven't for a long time.

In a nutshell, it's not a HUGE leap forward, but has enough new features that I'd never willingly go back to Win7.

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RE[5]: Not surprising..
by CapEnt on Tue 3rd Dec 2013 15:19 in reply to "RE[4]: Not surprising.."
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Win8 has one flaw. A fatal flaw actually, even more so for corporations than for domestic users: his user interface.

Yes, Win8 has all that improvements. But all these improvements that you said could have been done on a sane GUI, like Win7.

Microsoft managed to create a interface that is bad for touch AND for mouse. Plus, like if their internal teams could not decide a paradigm, there tons of redundant functionality between the new "metro" interface and the classic applications AND mutually exclusive ones that makes impossible to just use one paradigm.

Very few people likes to swap between putting fingers on screen just to suddenly being throw back to the "classic" shell (unusable with touch) even for the simplest tasks, like file management. Even less finding that IE has two GUIs, one when you open it from the "start menu", and one if you open from the classic shell. That now they have two "configuration" panels (the classic control panel and the metro "configuration" menu). And the list goes on.

Win8 is a massive inconsistent mess that makes the Linux desktop from the 90s looks good.

And before someone points out that you can make Win8 looks like Win7, seriously, why waste time hacking Win8 to looks like Win7 if you can just use Win7? None improvements that you said justify wasting money in a Win8 license if you already have Win7.

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