According the Microsoft blogger Mary Jo Foley plans for drawing closer Microsoft’s Windows Phone, Windows 8 and Xbox ecosystems are well progressed, and that the plans have gained a code-name: Threshold.
The name is a Halo-derived code name, and was the the planet around which the first halo ring orbited in the original Halo game.
The name now refers to the move to unify the app store of Windows Phone, Windows 8 and Xbox and also the development toolsets for each platform, as revealed in an internal email by Microsoft Executive Vice President Terry Myerson.
Threshold will also bring the same core set of “high value activities” across platforms. These high-value activities include expression/documents (Office, and the coming “Remix” digital storytelling app); decision making/task completion (likely Bing); IT management (such as Intune and Workplace Join) and “serious fun.”
The updates will be released in Spring 2015, and before this Microsoft will release an update for Windows 8.1 called Windows 8.1 Update 1 and also Windows Phone 8.1 around Spring (Q2) 2014.
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