Xbox One, Windows Phone And Windows To Be Unified Under Threshold
Microsoft is looking to somewhat unify its three operating systems – Windows, Xbox One and Windows Phone – in one fell swoop that would have some interesting ramifications.
At present, it’s all just rumours but if proved true then Microsoft is currently working on something called Threshold. Sounds ominous, no? ZDNet cites multiple anonymous sources and an internal Microsoft email from EVP Terry Myerson for the codenamed project.
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Apparently, Threshold is an undertaking by Microsoft’s new unified operating-system engineering group which will issue updates on all three platforms to make their Windows NT-based operating systems more similar.
The end result would be a single app store and more universal developer tools. Theoretically this might mean that an app you buy on Windows will also be available on Xbox One and Windows Phone (where applicable). Of course, that’s just wishful thinking based on a rumour at this point.
More interestingly, the sources say Threshold will also allow Microsoft to deliver the same set of “high value activities” across all three platforms. ZDNet identified four core areas and suggested likely apps – expression/documents (Office, Remix); decision making/task completion (Bing); IT management (Intune and Workplace Join) and “serious fun”, whatever that means.
The name Threshold is drawn from the planet in the first Halo game just as Microsoft’s Siri competitor, Cortana, is similarly sourced.
Microsoft has no comment at present but this does sound like something the company was heading towards. Especially with initiatives such as SmartGlass.