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.

Thread beginning with comment 577812
To view parent comment, click here.
To read all comments associated with this story, please click here.
RE[2]: Munich
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Tue 3rd Dec 2013 18:00 UTC in reply to "RE: Munich"
Bill Shooter of Bul
Member since:

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.

Reply Parent Score: 3

RE[3]: Munich
by ilovebeer on Tue 3rd Dec 2013 19:18 in reply to "RE[2]: Munich"
ilovebeer Member since:

Microsoft didn't just appear at the top one day out of nowhere. They started small and grew. They earned their spot despite what some people would have you believe. Questionable business practice may have been in play at certain times but the truth is you can't achieve that level of success with only garbage offerings. I have no problem saying that Microsoft has been making good products for well more than a couple years. Producing something of value is how that company get off the ground in the first place.

Reply Parent Score: 3

RE[4]: Munich
by moondevil on Tue 3rd Dec 2013 20:27 in reply to "RE[3]: Munich"
moondevil Member since:

People love to bash Microsoft, while forgeting how the computing landscape was back in the early MS-DOS days and how OEMs embraced Microsoft offerings, because they allowed them better deals than what the competition did.

The same way that carriers and OEMs are nowadays embracing Apple and Google offerings.

A company doesn't become Microsoft's size on their own, without having people buying their products.

Reply Parent Score: 3

RE[3]: Munich
by zima on Mon 9th Dec 2013 23:52 in reply to "RE[2]: Munich"
zima Member since:

I think MS has the position they do, due to historical monopolistic behavior coupled with high barriers to entry.

They were also better than the alternatives at a time...

Reply Parent Score: 2