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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What does it all mean ?!?
by ezraz on Tue 3rd Dec 2013 20:42 UTC
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Double Rainbow!

I'm trying to figure out why Microsoft is continuing to be pulled into a losing battle with the double rainbow of Google and Apple. MS's real strength is being in the back office and every corporate person's outlook. They have a huge suite of products that run on their hugely successful OS, which itself can run on most computers on the planet. If anything, MS should be focusing on the threat of linux in the server room, not Apple or Sony or Google on the client side.

Google+Samsung is the new anti-Apple. MS was never a very good anti-apple anyway, because they are just so blah, so C drive. They can make huge profit in the business end of computing for the next 100 years if they just re-focus on their core corporate base.

XBox should be a gaming system with a totally separate ecosystem. It should have nothing to do with Windows, or OSX, iOS, Linux either. If my Playstation needed my mac to give me the full experience shame on Sony. It's a totally separate development enviro and developer type. Xbox developers aren't gonna wanna hang with accounting software.

I just don't see the connection between gamerz and office people (offiz?). i think business needs and mentalities are opposite that of a living room game system. why combine them? they are all clicking break dancers to MS.

But I also think that controlling a device with touch, with voice, or with mouse+keyboard require very different interfaces, but MS seems to disagree with me there too.

Sometimes (almost never) I think that they are smarter than me since they are millionaires and i'm not. But i've read 2 bill gates books and other computer history books and MS seems to continually make the backwards, retarded, or at best safe decisions and someone could write a book full of their embarrassing moments.

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RE: What does it all mean ?!?
by tylerdurden on Tue 3rd Dec 2013 23:19 in reply to "What does it all mean ?!?"
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Dtheir hugely successful OS, which itself can run on most computers on the planet.

Believe it or not most "computers" on the planet are not PCs.

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"Dtheir hugely successful OS, which itself can run on most computers on the planet.

Believe it or not most "computers" on the planet are not PCs.

yeah true, counting tablets, smart phones and various embedded devices. i should say an overwhelming majority of PC's, either server, desktop, or laptop, run MS Windows, or can run it.

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