Mary Jo Foley reports that they next version of Windows Phone, Threshold, will bring a feature I know some readers have been demanding for some time.
According to her sources Windows Threshold, which unifies Windows Phone and Windows RT, and which is due in 2015, will work differently on different devices.
On non-touch devices the OS will act much like Windows 7, but on ARM touch devices like the Nokia Lumia range and possibly even x86 Atom devices there will in fact be no desktop.
The combined Phone/Tablet SKU of Threshold won’t have a Desktop environment at all, but still will support apps running side-by-side, my sources are reconfirming. This “Threshold Mobile” SKU will work on ARM-based Windows Phones (not just Lumias), ARM-based Windows tablets and, I believe, Intel-Atom-based tablets.
Threshold is expected in 2015, with a public preview in fall 2014, and may be free to all devices.
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