Windows “Threshold”

August 2nd, 2014 by Stephen Jones Leave a reply »

A recent update on product Direction in the Redmond Channel partner site said that
“Threshold” is the internal code name for an update wave Microsoft is rumored to be developing for: Windows, Windows Phone and Xbox One.

Threshold is slated to have an April 2015 release

“If all goes according to early plans, Threshold will include updates to all three OS platforms (Xbox One, Windows and Windows Phone) that will advance them in a way to share even more common elements.”

Threshold is expected to have three SKUs.
•”Modern Consumer SKU: A frequently updated WinRT operating system supporting ‘modern’ or Windows Store Apps on but not focused on Win32 ‘legacy’ apps.

•”Traditional Consumer SKU: A frequently updated operating system optimized to support the use of a keyboard and mouse combination.

•”Traditional Enterprise SKU: A traditional desktop OS capable of running Windows Store Apps that will only be offered to organizations opting for volume licensing.”

It seems likely that Threshold will officially be called “Windows 9″ . We anticipate the return of the Start menu, and the ability to run Windows Store apps ( “Metro” apps) inside Windows on the desktop.


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