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Windows Threshold tech preview rumoured for October

Windows Threshold tech preview rumoured for October

Microsoft's Windows Threshold is rumoured to be launching as a free technology preview in October, with a full commercial launch as Windows 9 in the spring of 2015.

Windows Threshold, the next-generation revision to Microsoft's operating system, could be released as a free technology preview as soon as October according to multiple anonymous sources.

Potentially planned to launch next year as Windows 9, confirming Microsoft's new commitment to a more rapid release cycle that mirrors those of many Linux distributions or Apple's OS X platform, Windows Threshold is claimed to include numerous improvements over Windows 8.1. Some of these, like a Mini Start Menu for those who find the Start Screen objectionable but who don't want a third-party software solution, are purely visual; others, like the rumoured integration of Windows Phone's Siri-like Cortana voice-activated assistant directly into the operating system, are more fundamental.

Microsoft hasn't said anything official about its plans for Windows Threshold, but multiple independent sources have spoken to ZDNet's Mary Jo Foley on condition of anonymity to state that a technology preview of the platform will be launching sooner rather than later. These sources have pointed to a release in late September or early October, giving users plenty of time to feed back on the OS and its new features ahead of a true launch in the spring of next year.

The technology preview will be freely available to all interested in upgrading, at least one source has claimed, but there are still no confirmations about how Microsoft plans to launch the OS. Previously, it has spaced its major releases years apart and charged a high fee to move from one to another; a move to an annual update cycle would need to come with a dramatically reduced upgrade cost to interest buyers, but the company is unlikely to match Apple's policy - paid for by tying the software to the purchase of high-profit hardware - of allowing most users to upgrade for free.

Microsoft has not commented on the rumours.

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Flibblebot 18th August 2014, 11:58 Quote
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Originally Posted by Article
over Windows Phone 8.1
Superfluous "Phone"?

Aside from the return of the Start Menu, is much more known about Windows 9? I'm guessing that it's much more of an iterative release (like the 95-97-ME cycle) rather than a major update?
Gareth Halfacree 18th August 2014, 11:59 Quote
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Originally Posted by Flibblebot
Superfluous "Phone"?
Aye - I'll fix that. (Just been setting up a Nokia Lumia 1020 for the missus, so Windows Phone has been on my mind!)
SchizoFrog 18th August 2014, 18:21 Quote
I wish MS would get their act together, since they took over Nokia everything on the Windows Phone front seems to have gone real quiet.
01thogil 18th August 2014, 20:25 Quote
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Originally Posted by Article
Potentially planned to next year as Windows 9..

I think you might be missing a verb.
Corky42 18th August 2014, 20:52 Quote
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Originally Posted by SchizoFrog
I wish MS would get their act together, since they took over Nokia everything on the Windows Phone front seems to have gone real quiet.

They announced they are stopping people from using Skype on Windows phone 7, does that count ?
Or are we only talking about WP 8.
Nexxo 18th August 2014, 21:31 Quote
Do people still own Windows Phone 7 mobiles?
Beasteh 18th August 2014, 21:40 Quote
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Originally Posted by Nexxo
Do people still own Windows Phone 7 mobiles?

*raises hand*

I tend to use things until they break!

No big deal, the 800 didn't have a front-facing camera anyways. Presumably third-party apps will still work?
loftie 18th August 2014, 22:03 Quote
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Originally Posted by Beasteh
*raises hand*

I tend to use things until they break!

No big deal, the 800 didn't have a front-facing camera anyways. Presumably third-party apps will still work?

Only if they were built for WP7.
SchizoFrog 19th August 2014, 02:03 Quote
I mean there was supposed to be this big WP 8.1 launch alongside the 'new' app store with new hardware across the board and what do we get? A staggered roll out of 8.1, an almost silent launch of the app store (if I am correct that, that has even happened?) and as for the hardware we get a rehash of a phone (albeit with an upgraded quad processor) that doesn't even have the full monty camera and a few low-mid range offerings with no news about anything coming any time soon. I can't even find any news about new WP devices coming from other manufactures any more. Q2 was supposed to be big for WP and here we are, half way through Q3 and nothing... WP is great, I believe this and the phones are good... but they still seem to be at least 1 step behind. Now we have Microsoft's XBox world seemingly unraveling at the seams as first they sell the XBoxOne without Kinect and now they are selling off a dept that was a major selling point for them in the first place. I am looking to get a console this coming Christmas and it is not that I like the PS4, it's just that I see more and more reason not to buy an XBox.
Gareth Halfacree 19th August 2014, 10:20 Quote
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Originally Posted by 01thogil
I think you might be missing a verb.
I accidentally a word! Fixed, ta.

Is Windows Phone 8.1 still a staggered roll-out? Was offered it out-the-box on the Lumia 1020 - which, I note, is now £254 at Tesco after I paid £290 (plus delivery) at Amazon, dammit.
loftie 19th August 2014, 10:51 Quote
Yes it's a staggered roll-out. My CV 920 is still waiting for it.

I don't think the new app store was supposed to be out with 8.1, I believe that's for threshold.

Edit: £254 for the yellow 1020, so want.
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