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Microsoft working on "Threshold" update to continue unifying platforms

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The Windows 8.1 update has been out since mid-October although we had been hearing about it for quite a while before that under the codename "Blue". Now, we're getting more information on the next major update coming from Microsoft, which is codenamed "Threshold"; and, it sounds like the aim for this update will be to continue unifying the various device categories.

Although the Windows Phone 8.1 update hasn't yet been released, Mary Jo Foley is saying that Microsoft is already working on the Threshold update. Details on what exactly the update will bring are scarce, but the idea is that Microsoft will be working to unify the Windows Store, Windows Phone Store, and the Xbox Store into a singular marketplace. There will also likely be better tools to attract developers to each platform. 

Just like Microsoft's upcoming voice command/virtual assistant, Cortana, the name Threshold has been taken from the Halo universe. Threshold was the name of a planet in the earlier Halo games. No firm idea of when Microsoft is planning to release the next update to Windows, but Foley is saying it may not be until the spring of 2015. 

source: Engadget

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posted on 02 Dec 2013, 17:07 2

1. ihavenoname (Posts: 1693; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)

My U38N Vivobook is waiting...

posted on 02 Dec 2013, 17:34 4

2. brrunopt (Posts: 742; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)

store unification in spring 2014 and final OS unification by spring 2015 ; doesn't seem a bad timeline...

posted on 02 Dec 2013, 19:00

4. Shatter (Posts: 2036; Member since: 29 May 2013)

They will release Windows 9 and it will be like windows 7 was to vista and fix the problems with 8.

posted on 02 Dec 2013, 19:27 4

6. brrunopt (Posts: 742; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)

what problems may those be ?

posted on 03 Dec 2013, 02:42 2

9. tigermcm (Posts: 860; Member since: 02 Sep 2009)

exactly my question as well

posted on 02 Dec 2013, 18:53 4

3. ZeroCide (Posts: 785; Member since: 09 Jan 2013)

They are really pushing hard on the unification. I hope it turns out to be a great system for users.

posted on 02 Dec 2013, 19:11 3

5. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3576; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)

More, and more great news for WP, MS, and Lumia devices.. 2014 is gonna be another great year for WP fans.

posted on 02 Dec 2013, 21:46

7. snowgator (Posts: 3604; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)

Mary Jo has this annoying habit of being right.....

posted on 02 Dec 2013, 23:36

8. JunkCreek (Posts: 407; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)

Lock in Windows on PC's and lock in Android on mobile. That's me.

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