Slated for early 2015 release
Windows 8.1, which was originally codenamed “Blue,” is now officially out the door and into the hands of the general public – and you know what that means, Microsoft has already feverishly begun work on the next major new version of Windows. According to the ever reliable Mary Jo Foley of ZDNet, that new version is currently dubbed Windows Codename “Threshold” – and it’s coming sooner than you might think, currently slated for a Spring 2015 release.
While details are, of course, quite sparse on Threshold at the moment, Mary Jo believes that the next version of Windows will come even closer towards unifying Microsoft’s big three Windows NT based products – traditional “Windows”, Windows Phone, and Xbox – all of which run on the same codebase as we speak. Threshold could hypothetically unify the three platform’s app stores, allowing developers to create one version of an app that works on your phone, computer, and television.
It’s not yet known what NT version Threshold will carry – it would make sense to assume that Windows NT 6.4 is the most logical choice in order to maintain compatibility with more applications and drivers that already exist in the Windows ecosystem – however Microsoft has been resting on the NT 6 kernel for quite some time now, and it could be time for a more significant upgrade to arise.
We’ll keep you in the know on Windows Threshold going forwards, so keep an eye out.