Poll: What do you think the Windows Threshold retail name will be?

Microsoft is diligently working on the next version of Windows - codenamed 'Threshold' - and the company loves to talk about it too. Although they rarely provide any new details, we do know that the Start menu will come with the updated OS and there will be other UI enhancements as well.

Despite numerous details being leaked, one big question remains: what will Threshold actually be called? The logical assumption is that it will be called 'Windows 9', but Microsoft could pull another name out of its marketing bucket too. Names like 'Windows 8.1 Update 3' have popped up along with 'Windows 8.2'. The company could take Windows in a new direction and call it Windows One, which would fit with naming convention of the Xbox One and OneDrive.

We will likely hear the name later this year as a preview release has been rumored, along with the retail release sometime in 2015. While we wait for Microsoft to come forward with its plans, let us know in the poll below what you think Windows Threshold will be called.

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What will Threshold be called?

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Go back to year names. Then it becomes easy to track the versions in a rolling release and the name changes naturally.

The first version of Windows Threshold becomes Windows 2015.

Windows 7.2 :-)

Okay, they'll never call it that, but for consumer marketing purposes, I think Windows 9 is really the only option there. There's already this idea out there that Windows 7 was great and Windows 8 was terrible. They might as well play into the idea that Windows 9 will therefore be, ipso facto, great.

I like how it's code named Threshold, for now.

Because they know if they screw up another version of Windows as many think Windows 8 is and Vista was, everyone will be on the "threshold" of trashing it!!

Anything other than Windows 9 is going to have the general public asking if this is the Windows 8 they have heard so many bad things about. Windows 9 would be a clean version step ahead which is needed brand wise. The Windows One name sounds good but it will cause problems in the future.

Why is this even a question? I can't believe that MS does not have an entrenched naming convention by now.

Why have a name like XP one year, a name based on the year next and then a name based on an incremental version number the next year? Why be all over the place? Why haven't they worked this out yet?

Microsoft Windows 2015 Professional
Microsoft Windows 2015 Enterprise
Microsoft Windows 2015 Mobile
Microsoft Windows 2015 Open Source Edition

I prefer: windows, the version that makes people finally switch to Mac OS

Becausse I know that's likely to happen with me soon enough

Not Windows 8.1 Update 3, that's another update for next year. Windows One is unlikely for the regular Windows version, perhaps a subsciption based Windows could have that, through 365 makes more sense then. Windows 8.2 is more likely but still not there, I don't think Microsoft want to hang arround with the 8-brand. Windows 9 it is.

Didn't they say that "Threshold" is a series of updates? Ergo, Threshold is most likely Windows 8 Update 2 AND Windows 8 Update 3, potentially also, Windows 9.

Windows 7 II

I used to think they'd go with "Windows Online" since that is the trend and more and more things rely on the cloud, but I guess too many people would be put off thinking it'd only work online.

I like "Windows On" as a shortening of that though (and shortening of "One") as well as sounding (to my ears) quite positive. Then they can have "Windows On Desktops", "Windows On Tablets" and "Windows On Phones", but I guess it'll all be Windows 9.

Windows 8 Second Edition
Windows 9
Windows One

Might be one of these that it will be called possibly, though do doubt Windows 8 Second Edition one will be real, but who knows with Microsoft these days

bikeman25 said,
Windows 8 Second Edition
Windows 9
Windows One

Might be one of these that it will be called possibly, though do doubt Windows 8 Second Edition one will be real, but who knows with Microsoft these days

Windows 8 SE!! yes please. I demand nostalgia.

For me , Windows 9 or maybe Windows Alicorn. Why name Windows Alicorn?

Windows (Main) = Horn
Windows Phone = Wings
Windows on Smartwatches, IoT and other devices = Pony

Combine all into one, the end result is Alicorn.

Unable to edit from my phone.... anyway just to keep alive one of the favourite Neowin topic, the Start menu, watch carefully around 4:55....

Windows

that's it... get rid of the versions numbers. It's just Windows.

The version can be 9 and it is only visible in the System Properties view.

uberlaff said,
Windows

that's it... get rid of the versions numbers. It's just Windows.

The version can be 9 and it is only visible in the System Properties view.


And the next version will be called?

Good idea to leave out the version number except you have to consider help would be a nightmare. Can you imagine everyday people calling in for help or asking for help on boards and asked what version of Windows they have and they respond with "What do you mean, version, I have Windows, just Windows". It will be an extra step for them to decipher which version they are using.

Sekyal said,
.....

As someone who has done considerable time at an ISP helpdesk, I can tell you, it's always taken an extra step.

That's why Win+Pause|Break became my best friend.

Start->Run->winver [Enter] works too albeit differently.

Are you teling me i can't run Windows Server on a Desktop or WIndows 8/7 etc on a server, nevermind the fact that i SHOULDN'T. What have i been thinking all these years i could run that x86 OS on most/all compatible x86 configurations. I'm off to find Windows for Laptops and Windows for UMPCs

Silver47 said,
8.2, just to mess with people wanting windows 9. When in fact its still mostly 8.1 underneath with a start menu

Would you be so kind to share your copy of the build with me so I will be able to post my opinion as well?

We can only hope that Microsoft has learned a very expensive and bitter lesson, and will provide relevant User Interfaces that will be equally suitable for all the devices on which it is to be installed. To cite the hoary cliche "One size does not fit all."

I like the new Modern UI Start menu on my Surface Pro 3, and I don't particularly mind it on my desktop. But you are right as I would not appreciate a traditional start menu on my Surface (Traditional Start menu only on Desktops and non-touchscreen devices Microsoft! :) )

Microsoft seriously needs to just use version numbers, when they go to names, all it does is just confused the general public.. the next major version should be windows 9 and nothing more <s> then when they get to 10 it should be Windows OSX..... </s>

neufuse said,
Microsoft seriously needs to just use version numbers

I've been wanting that for years, got weird with 95 and hasn't stopped. Just call it what it is and leave the silly names to other operating systems.

Max Norris said,

I've been wanting that for years, got weird with 95 and hasn't stopped. Just call it what it is and leave the silly names to other operating systems.

It was really bad with Millennium and windows 2000... people thought Millennium was better because a Millennium at the time was 2001... but Win2k was more advanced.... oh it drove me nuts trying to explain why 2k was more advanced then Milennium

neufuse said,
Microsoft seriously needs to just use version numbers, when they go to names, all it does is just confused the general public.. the next major version should be windows 9 and nothing more <s> then when they get to 10 it should be Windows OSX..... </s>
If they would go with version numbers, than Windows 8.1 would be followed by Windows 6.4. ;)

Studio384 said,
If they would go with version numbers, than Windows 8.1 would be followed by Windows 6.4. ;)

not kernel version numbers, product version... we all know the kernel version isn't change for a reason. The actual product has increased in releases more then they pushed the kernel version up.

neufuse said,

not kernel version numbers, product version... we all know the kernel version isn't change for a reason. The actual product has increased in releases more then they pushed the kernel version up.

Nop, the product version of Windows 8.1 is Windows version 6.3.9600. The Windows version has the same number as the kernel version.

Studio384 said,
Nop, the product version of Windows 8.1 is Windows version 6.3.9600. The Windows version has the same number as the kernel version.

you're reading too deep, the PRODUCT version is 8.1, the OS version is 6.3 which follows the kernel version scheme

Microsoft will ditch the Windows 8 branding, even if it's a free upgrade. Therefore I expect it to be called Windows 9, as it's not going to be substantial enough to warrant different branding (i.e. Windows One).

That makes sense. It definitely won't be Windows 8.anything.

But, either way, let's just hope Windows 9 can clean up the mess that Windows 8 left in its wake!

I certainly hope not, I still have a copy of Windows 1.01 lying around in storage somewhere, talk about confusing. I'll have to rename Explorer to MSDOS Executive just to finish that off.

Max Norris said,
I certainly hope not, I still have a copy of Windows 1.01 lying around in storage somewhere, talk about confusing. I'll have to rename Explorer to MSDOS Executive just to finish that off.

I actually saw someone selling an original XBOX online, someone asked "is it XBOX 360 or XBOX One" the response was "it's the first xbox" the person responded "so it's XBOX ONE?" *hits head on desk* and in the picture it was the big bulky original xbox

wolftail said,
For the love of everything, don't call it Windows One. :|

I would have said, when hell freezes over. It's such a stupid name, Microsoft would never use that. They are a massive company with massive research and development budgets, no way such an obviously BAD name would be used....

Then I saw Xbox One. So idk, its scary that its even remotely possible.

cybersaurusrex said,
How about we dump the "Windows" brand altogether.

That's what I suggested ("Tiles") when Win8 was released, but now with the "re-focus" in windows that wouldn't make sense…

cybersaurusrex said,
How about we dump the "Windows" brand altogether.

Yes dump a brand that sells hundreds of millions of units every year to customers on name alone. If the Windows brand name didn't matter Chromebooks would've been more than 1% of market share last quarter and Apple Mac wouldn't be stuck at 6%.