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Back in October 2013, I first heard the Threshold codename. I heard from my sources that this would be the successor to the Windows "Blue" wave.
As in the case with Blue, there are supposedly Windows client, Windows Server, Windows Phone and XBox operating system releases that are part of Threshold.
Earlier this year, there were reports that the Threshold Windows client would be christened "Windows 9" when it arrives.
If you're wondering from where the "Threshold" codename likely derives, think Halo. Threshold is the planet around which the first halo ring orbited in the original Halo game launched back in 2001. Threshold joins "Cortana," Microsoft's answer to Siri and Google Now, as yet another codename with its origins in the Xbox franchise.
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The due date
Windows 9's target ship date is spring of 2015 -- most likely in April.
For the past few months, I've heard Microsoft is targeting the spring of 2015 as the beginning of the Threshold rollout.
Paul Thurrott of the SuperSite for Windows added that he heard an even more specific target date of April 2015 for the commencement of the Threshold releases.
There have been other reports circulating that Threshold will debut first in October 2014, but my and Thurrott's sources both say this information is incorrect. Instead, October 2014 might be the target date for a second update to Windows 8.1. But that's mostly speculation at this point.
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Make it nice
Windows 9 will (continue) attempt to make Windows something from which business users and developers won't run screaming (Windows 8?).
With Windows 9, Microsoft will continue to undo the mistakes it made with Windows 8. Microsoft started work on making Windows 8 more palatable to business users with its Windows 8.1 and Windows 8.1 Update 1 releases.
Windows 9 will continue along that path, and also attempt to appease developers by introducing even more commonalities in the programming interfaces and development tools across Windows, Windows Phone and Xbox. There's a good chance Windows 9 will be where and when Microsoft makes available a single, common Windows Store for apps for all three Windows platforms.