Microsoft 'Threshold' updates coming in Spring 2015, unified OSes still nowhere in sight

Microsoft 'Threshold' updates coming in Spring 2015, unified OSes still nowhere in sightThe identity of Microsoft's next CEO may still be up in the air, but there is one name we can guarantee will receive plenty of attention over the next 18 months no matter who is at the helm: Threshold.

That's the internal codename that's been given to the next wave of platform updates expected to hit Microsoft's computing, mobile and gaming ecosystems in the Spring of 2015.

According to ZDNet's Mary Jo Foley, who's normally on the mark with this sort of thing, Microsoft executive VP Terry Myerson mentioned the codename in an internal email.

The name Threshold itself, like Cortana – Microsoft's voice recognition tech – is a nod to the original Halo game of 2001. Clearly someone on Microsoft's OS engineering group is a fan.

Foley reveals that Threshold will follow on from the Blue series of OS updates by continuing to move Microsoft's Windows, Windows Phone and Xbox platforms closer together through the use of common OS elements.

However, like Blue it will be a set of updates to each individual platform, including Windows Phone and Windows RT separately, so even the first step towards the imagined future of one single Microsoft OS covering all devices appears to be well over a year away still.

What we will see, though, is a focus on the “high-value activities” outgoing Microsoft boss Steve Ballmer mentioned a few months ago as being at the core of the company's strategy for the future.

These include the likes of Bing and Office, and inevitably something gaming related too. Details are fairly sketchy at this early stage, and of course Microsoft is saying nothing on the record, but we can no doubt expect to hear more over the next few months.

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