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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by Lorin on Tue 3rd Dec 2013 06:04 UTC
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If Munich could break it's addiction to Redmond, we all can.

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RE: Munich
by ilovebeer on Tue 3rd Dec 2013 17:32 in reply to "Munich"
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Addiction? That's a bit melodramatic. I submit an alternative. Maybe so many people use Microsoft products because they're good and provide value to the user. The truth is other options have been available for a long long time, yet in certain areas Microsoft has completely dominated. No sane or reasonable person would question that's the case in part to having good products.

Btw, I'm not suggesting Microsoft products are flawless -- they aren't. But neither are -any- of the alternatives.

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RE[2]: Munich
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Tue 3rd Dec 2013 18:00 in reply to "RE: Munich"
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No, I think MS has the position they do, due to historical monopolistic behavior coupled with high barriers to entry.

Having said that, yes they have improved the quality of their software considerably over the past couple of years.

I remember the bad old days of exchange needing to be rebooted daily to continue functioning. Why did we use it? It was cheaper than the alternative, came with back office.

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