Windows Phone 'Threshold' gets a little bit more real as well

Earlier today, we posted up a screenshot of a LinkedIn profile of a project manager who is stating that he is working on Windows Threshold. Threshold, for those who do not know, is believed to be the next major update to the windows platform.

More so, Threshold was stated to be the new 'Blue'; a series of updates across all major platforms and that information appears to be true too. As noted on another LinkedIn profile page, this individual is working on Windows Phone Threshold which confirms the rumor that Threshold is, in fact, a series of updates across many devices.

Neither LinkedIn page offers anything new in terms of details about the updates but they do offer confirmation that Microsoft is using these code names on projects that are under development. Because this information is accurate, it adds credit to the rumor that said Threshold will be released in the Spring of 2015.

No word on when Windows Phone Threshold will be released but considering that Windows Phone Blue (8.1) was announced in April at Build 2014, we wouldn't get our hopes up that we will be seeing this update anytime soon.

It should not surprise anyone that Microsoft is working on its next generation operating systems, obviously, but getting confirmation that the correct code name has leaked is an encouraging sign that the other information about Threshold is accurate too.

Source: LinkedIn Via: h0x0d

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After using a Windows Phone (and iPhone and Android), Pluribus's comments make no sense. Disclaimer: I'm not influenced by peers, street cred, hype, or sales figures.
Windows Phone has the most elegant and functional interface of all mobile OSes. You can make Android's UI just about anything you want.
iOS is the Jitterbug of smartphones. It's boring, simplistic, uninformative, non-customizable and form factor comes in one size,.... small.

I'm really encouraged by Microsoft's direction. KEEP METRO! No one else has developed one GUI to rule them all. Now it seems the push is to unify the engines beneath the unified GUIs. There's a gap in Windows Phone apps now, but can you imagine the value of Microsoft releasing tools to program once/ run on everything?

These post are becoming like that annoying friend who sits beside you and taps you on your shoulder every minute just to tell you something that is essentially not necessary.

Nah, iOS and Android may be adopting a minimalistic UI somewhat, but at least they do it with style - something WP lacks. It's certainly my opinion, but it's also the opinion of the majority of smartphone owners.

I wouldn't be so fast to make that connection to be honest. Anecdotal evidence doesn't equate to the greater whole. You might be right but I think it'd be more reasonable to assume "style" is only a part.

Pluribus said,
Nah, iOS and Android may be adopting a minimalistic UI somewhat, but at least they do it with style - something WP lacks. It's certainly my opinion, but it's also the opinion of the majority of smartphone owners.

How the ###### do you know what the majority of smartphone owners think? Cut the ######. Android rose in the vacuum of the IPhone period. Apple wouldn't license it so Samsung, Moto and every other OEM used Android, stood it up and was acceptable until Google/Samsung made it better.

So now iOS and Android are flattening things out, so what. Some say Microsoft started this but who really gives a damn.

MetroNative said,

How the ###### do you know what the majority of smartphone owners think? Cut the ######. Android rose in the vacuum of the IPhone period. Apple wouldn't license it so Samsung, Moto and every other OEM used Android, stood it up and was acceptable until Google/Samsung made it better.

So now iOS and Android are flattening things out, so what. Some say Microsoft started this but who really gives a damn.

He doesn't, he just seems to hate it and that hate is obscuring and morsel of rational thought ignoring the fact that MS is not seen in the same 'cool' light as google and apple, anything they do is marred by the anti MS sentiment a lot of people have.

Fact is metro as a language is very modern and very nice, just look at ms main site for a perfect example of lurvely web design using the metro language.

Anyway, wp is (for me) the nicest looking mobile os and the start screen looks even better now with transparent tiles.

Never been a fan of Windows Phone, and always HATED Metro because it looked so ugly and flat with the bland colors, but adding a little more life to the tiles certainly makes the OS more attractive.

Wonder why people haven't rejected the minimalistic approach Apple and Google are using. Yet Windows Phone and Windows 8 have been largely rejected. I wonder what the common denominator is....let me see...ah I know! It must be Metro!!

Thing with Microsoft is that they often have brilliant ideas, but they also sometimes lack the elegant touch as well as a common sense approach to doing things. A perfect example is how the company forces users to relearn Windows with each iteration. I'm aware that it may only take a bit of time to get used to, but the point is that it's an unnecessary annoyance. iOS and Android, with each subsequent iterations largely remains the same. Microsoft would be wise to take note of this trend.

imo, the reason isn't so much the design but the company behind it. A lot of people see Google and Apple not as individual companies but as the anti-microsoft. All software companies tend to follow the same path of design with one leading another each time, so it's just the personal perspective to what the company represents to the individuals identity... something that Apple got their hands around very well.

Pluribus said,
Wonder why people haven't rejected the minimalistic approach Apple and Google are using. Yet Windows Phone and Windows 8 have been largely rejected. I wonder what the common denominator is....let me see...ah I know! It must be Metro!!

Thing with Microsoft is that they often have brilliant ideas, but they also sometimes lack the elegant touch as well as a common sense approach to doing things. A perfect example is how the company forces users to relearn Windows with each iteration. I'm aware that it may only take a bit of time to get used to, but the point is that it's an unnecessary annoyance. iOS and Android, with each subsequent iterations largely remains the same. Microsoft would be wise to take note of this trend.

You really don't know WTF you're talking about do you?

Pluribus said,
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relearn windows with every release??????
Really?

windows 3.x
windows 9x
windows 8

those are the big points. everything else is adjusting to new window chrome and learning new features.