Next Windows Rumored As "Threshold," Could Further Unify Microsoft's OS Ecosystem

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News Posted: Mon, Dec 2 2013 11:41 AM
If you've spotted any of the newest Microsoft television spots, you may have picked up on something. The company has been pushing a single Windows for your entire life, and while that's a good catch-phrase, it's not really applicable given today's state of Windows. There's Windows RT, Windows 8.1, and Windows Phone. Yes, there is interoperability, but it's not perfectly seamless. Evidently, Microsoft is pushing for that to change in the near future. A new ZDNet report suggests that Microsoft's next project is codenamed "Threshold," which could hit the public in Spring of 2015.

It will likely be the first major Windows overhaul under a new CEO after Steve Ballmer fully steps away, and it seems that the idea is to create a "unified operating system engineering group" in order to better glue all facets of Windows together. Threshold could actually contain updates for Windows, Xbox One, and Windows Phone, and we're assuming that Windows RT will likely be phased out after a confusing and troubled launch on the original Surface tablet.

It won't be a single OS for all devices, though, at least not yet. Instead, it'll be an underpinning that more seamlessly ties all of Microsoft's major software products together. Beyond that, however, the road would be paved for making a single OS for all products, and we could assume that mobile processors and the like would finally be powerful enough to handle it. 
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sevags replied on Mon, Dec 2 2013 12:50 PM

So pretty much they want to do what Apple has been doing for years now except whee Apple wants to keep certain devices like iPhones dumbed down compared to their desktop OS counterparts, MS's vision is to turn every device into full fledged OS running beasts. I vote MS.

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I don't understand why Microsoft even created RT in the first place when they could have ported Windows Phone over in the first place and make it much easier on themselves when it came to ARM devices.

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The one OS is a great vision. RT was a road bump, it can do what most people need it to do however people that use windows want to run everything they can on their desktop. Generally people want to surf the net and play some games, check emails and look at facebook. That's why they made RT, it really does more then the ipad however it didn't take well.

With the atom cpu's now there is no need for RT. They seem to last just as long as the arm cpu's and can run everyone windows needs. I guess they are giving it another try with surface 2.

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with a unified OS and smaller smarter hardware we might actually see a viable xbox mobile device in the form of an old UMPC clamshell setup. That could give Shield a run for its money if it can run older desktop titles like Oblivion, Halo, GTA, Forza, SimCity, etc

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