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Windows 8.2 Codenamed Threshold Updates

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  • Update #1: The codename

The most prominent rumor surrounding the next version of Windows is its codename: Threshold. But the title is more than just an internal reference point– it’s a callback to one of Microsoft’s biggest franchises. Microsoft borrows this name from the planet around which the first halo ring orbited in the original “Halo” game, as Windows guru Mary Jo Foley reports. The Threshold update will reportedly include updates to three major platforms: the Xbox One, Windows and Windows Phone.

 

Thus, the codename refers to the “wave” of operating systems we’ll see across Windows-based phones, laptops, tablets and Xbox gaming consoles. Part of this unification includes a singular app store that will house applications for all of its operating systems

 

  • Update #2: The return of the Jedi

Microsoft brought back the Start button with Windows 8.1–but we have yet to see the familiar Windows Start menu. This will supposedly change with the next iteration of Windows. Sources have reportedly told Windows blogger Paul Thurrott that the traditional Windows Start menu will return. The feature is said to be optional, meaning that if you’re already accustomed to the Windows 8 “Modern UI” you won’t have to use it. It’s also possible that the Start menu functionality will only be compatible with product versions that support the desktop mode.

 

  • Update #3: Dude, your desktop looks kinda metro

In the next version of Windows, you may be able to run Metro apps in floating windows on the desktop. You can already do this today with third-party tools such as Modern Mix, but this functionality could be built into the OS soon enough. As is the case with the Windows Start Menu, Thurrott says this feature may also be optional.

 

  • Update #4: Dr. Pepper might have 23 flavors. Windows 8.2 has 3
Mary Jo Foley, a ZDNet columnist, reports that while Microsoft has a vision for a singular Windows core, there will still be multiple versions of the software. Sources have reportedly told Foley that there will be three main SKUs: a “modern” consumer version, a traditional PC iteration and an enterprise SKU.
 
The modern SKU is probably going to appear on ARM-based Windows tablets and PCs, and could be part of a hybrid Windows Phone/Windows RT OS that Microsoft is rumored to be working on. The consumer SKU would target traditional PCs and will include a desktop mode like the current iteration of Windows 8.1, while the Enterprise SKU could end up being for volume licenses only. This Enterprise version would come with standard features targeted at businesses, including support for group policy and device management.
 
Update #5: The release
 
Microsoft is expected to deliver an update to Windows 8.1 as early as Spring 2014, but we probably won’t see the next full version of Windows until Spring 2015. It was originally believed that a new version of Windows could launch in Fall 2014, but Foley writes that a trustworthy source says that seems “less and less likely.” While Microsoft could be prepping Windows “Threshold” for 2015, the company is likely to release the Windows 8.1 update alongside the rumored Windows “Blue” update in Spring 2014–which would align closely with Microsoft’s Build conference scheduled for April 2.
 
So, thats it. I think Spring 2015 cant come soon enough. Until then, we can all just continue to cozy up to Windows 8.1. If these updates hold,  Windows 8.2 will be the OS that Windows 8 should have been. Just like Windows 7 was the OS that Vista shoulda been. Just like XP was the OS that ME shoulda been. 
 
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Meh, it's still all windows 8 to me. 

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Wow, so Slick's dreams came true.

 

 

 

a “modern” consumer version, a traditional PC iteration and an enterprise SKU.

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yay you can have modern apps on the desktop now!

also what is that picture showing? the new start menu?

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Windowed modern apps is a must for power users.

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still sticking with windows 7

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Wow, so Slick's dreams came true.

 

Sweet, I may upgrade a little sooner than expected, I wasn't planning on upgrading until Windows 7's support was stopped.

 

Windows 8.2 please be good, I want to like you.

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Use Start8 on 8.1 and I love it. Classicshell is just as good.

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A threshold is a slim piece of material that blends two different floor surfaces together. Like carpet meeting linoleum. My knowledge on the name suggests that "threshold" will further attempt to blend Metro with desktop. Just my theory.

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In my eyes if they just make the Modern UI apps into standard apps that run in the 'Desktop Mode' with a very simplistic look to it wouldn't be such a bad move since to be fair the Modern UI apps aren't bad it's just the fact that they take so much space on the screen. Definitely something to look forward to. Looks like they are doing what this guy predictions are coming true LINK and by all means I'm all for it :D

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dr. windows... realy 

If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough it will be believed.

-Adolf Hitler 

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