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


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.

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  • Derek A. Barrett
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    I am liking these cross-branding efforts. That is how you take advantage of your ginormous footprint and OWN
    2 Dec 2013, 11:39 PM Reply Like
  • ratnamsub
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    "the DOJ has signed off on the Microsoft-Nokia deal. The EU is expected to grant approval by Wednesday"
    I don't see any issues from EU. Can be considered that the deal is sealed and signed. Microsoft has entered the Phone/Tablets business. This is good for Microsoft if it can address all the 3 markets. 1) High end 2) Medium 3) Low end market. The high end is nearly saturated, the medium is slowly getting saturated, only the low end which is still not fully exploited. Microsoft has to come with the simplicity/usability, complement the PC "Microsoft ecosystem" and lower cost penetrations strategy. Microsoft if target for the low end market it can quickly increase its market share. Only with increased market share, Microsoft which can convince the Stock market that Microsoft is still viable. Only with this Microsoft Stock price can rise. Most of Microsoft strategy and forecast is already in the pipeline. I don't think the expected new CEO can do much to make Microsoft different from what it was, is and going to be.
    3 Dec 2013, 01:57 AM Reply Like
  • Ruffdog
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    I see it as great news for both companies.

     

    Long NOK & MSFT
    3 Dec 2013, 09:13 AM Reply Like
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