Microsoft Keeps Secrets: What’s the Deal With ‘Threshold’?

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Last week, rumors emerged that a new wave of updates for Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) Windows, Windows Phone, and the Xbox operating system is finally starting to take shape. Multiple sources confirmed to different publications that Microsoft’s new wave of deliverables, codenamed “Threshold,” is set for a spring 2015 release. More information is continuing to surface about Microsoft’s plans for the future, and Paul Thurrott at Supersite for Windows is keeping us updated.

In his report published Monday, Thurrott reported on the new wave of updates that Mary Jo Foley from ZDNet first uncovered, and he offered an expansion on the information she received about Threshold. Thurrott believes that Threshold’s release will bring Microsoft conspicuously closer to a truly consolidated OS, and Foley thinks the Windows version of this wave of releases will ship with three product SKUs: a modern Windows that is much like Windows RT today, a more traditional consumer release based on the x86 codebase, and a traditional Enterprise SKU.

This speculation shows that Microsoft could be moving closer to one Windows core but may do so with multiple SKUs, or versions. That doesn’t necessarily mean that there will be a different SKU for every Windows form factor out there — there might just be a few Windows SKUs built on top of a common Windows foundation.

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