Microsoft reportedly planning joint OS upgrades for Windows, Xbox, WP

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ZDNet's Mary Jo Foley, who has provided more than a few Microsoft (MSFT) scoops in her time, reports the software giant is planning a wave of OS upgrades, codenamed Threshold (after the Halo planet), for spring 2015.

The upgrades are said to cover Windows, the Xbox One, and Windows Phone (previously reported to be set to merge with struggling Windows RT), and will lead the platforms to "share even more common elements," including a variety of common apps/services.

Ahead of Threshold, Microsoft is planning to launch Windows Phone 8.1 (codenamed Blue) and a Windows 8.1 update, in the "spring 2014/Q2 2014 timeframe." WP 8.1 is expected to feature a Siri-like voice assistant named Cortana (after the Halo character), as well as improved notifications (thus addressing a complaint about WP).

Also: In a development that hardly comes as a surprise, the DOJ has signed off on the Microsoft-Nokia deal. The EU is expected to grant approval by Wednesday.