Report: Microsoft shifting to faster updates after Windows 9

Following the release of Windows 9 (codenamed Threshold, expected in spring 2015), Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) plans to do away with its traditional approach of launching major Windows releases every few years in favor of "regular, incremental updates," ZDNet's Mary-Jo Foley reports.

A similar update schedule will exist for Windows Phone, set to merge with the flatlining Windows RT and act as a joint phone/tablet platform. Among other things, Satya Nadella's July memo promised Microsoft plans to "streamline [its] engineering process and reduce the amount of time and energy it takes to get things done."

Foley doesn't know if Microsoft will keep charging upgrade fees (perhaps through a subscription), or follow Apple's lead in making its PC OS updates free. Microsoft recently removed license fees for sub-9" Windows hardware.

The technical preview for Windows 9/Threshold is expected in late September or early October. All signs suggest the OS will feature the return of the Start menu, along with the ability to show Metro-style live tiles in desktop mode.

Foley's latest scoop comes as Bloomberg reports Apple is working on a 12.9" iPad, a device that could be positioned as more of a laptop replacement than the 9.7" and 7.9" models.

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  • wil3714
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    Look for MS to start using visualization more for OS functionality. From a corporate perspective it makes total sense vs consumer.
    26 Aug 2014, 07:52 PM Reply Like
  • KevinRemde
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    wil - I'm not sure what you mean by visualization. Did you mean to say virtualization?
    26 Aug 2014, 08:05 PM Reply Like
  • wil3714
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    Correct, auto-correct on my phone did that AGAIN. Thx for catching that.
    26 Aug 2014, 08:31 PM Reply Like
  • techy46
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    Isn't it amusing that Apple's now going to make yellow, green and blue refrigatoasters in sizes from 4-13"? What happened to that black and white world with only 4 and 10" screens? Next we'll hear that iPads and Macs can make phone calls too! There's a sucker born every second, most are US consumers!
    26 Aug 2014, 11:08 PM Reply Like
  • Hank890
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    I cannot foresee a time when I do not use a laptop for serious chores; perhaps it may be a MAC rather than a Windows laptop--I have always preferred the AAPL interface.


    But owning a laptop will not keep me from replacing my original model iPad with the refreshed version sporting biometric ID validation.
    29 Aug 2014, 02:25 PM Reply Like
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