When I blogged recently about, I mentioned a couple of "spring 2015" releases.
It turns out the Microsoft codename for that wave of deliverables is "Threshold."
A couple of my contacts have confirmed that Microsoft Executive Vice President Terry Myerson recently mentioned the Threshold codename in an internal email about plans for his unified operating-system engineering group.
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.
(The codename Threshold, for those wondering, derives from the planet around which the first halo ring orbited in the original Halo game launched back in 2001. Threshold joins , as yet another codename with its origins in the Xbox franchise.)
From what I've heard, Threshold doesn't refer to a single Windows OS -- not even the expected,. Instead, the codename refers to the wave of operating systems across Windows-based phones, devices and gaming consoles.
The Xbox One OS, Windows 8.x OS and Windows Phone 8 OS already share. As we've heard before, 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 Workplace Join, perhaps?) and "serious fun.", I'd think); decision making/task completion (Bing, I'd assume); IT management (Intune and
CEO Steve Ballmer mentioned thisat back in July when he announced Microsoft's cross-company reorg to make the company more focused around its .
Before Microsoft gets to Threshold, the company is on track to deliveraround 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.
I've asked Microsoft officials if they'd confirm any of this information about Threshold. No word back so far.
Update: A Microsoft spokesperson said the company had no comment on "rumors and speculation."