Windows 'Threshold' gets a little bit more real with project management confirmation

The name 'Threshold' has been used to refer to the next major update to Windows for some time. The name, which is widely believed to be the codename for the project, is getting much more official thanks to a posting on a LinkedIn profile.

We did censor the post a bit as we imagine that Microsoft won't be too pleased that one of its program managers has publicly acknowledged working on the unannounced project but you can clearly see the posting above. While no new features are stated on the page, it adds to the credibility of the information that has been doing the rounds for some time. 

The latest bit of information about Threshold is that its development is on track for a launch next year, and you should expect it to show up around spring 2015.

Microsoft is working on more than just Threshold, as Windows 8.2 or Update 2 is approaching release. It is expected that this next update to Windows will arrive around August but, based on current information, it doesn't look like that build will feature the return of the Start menu.

Microsoft first showed off the Start menu at Build 2014 but so far, has not provided any update on when it will make its big debut back on Windows.

Source: Linkedin

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Brony - too many users INSIST on "meh". As much as some users want to push the envelope, all too many others don't want to move at all, let alone take "baby steps".

What I want to see from Threshold:

- Unified APIs & tools across Windows Phone, WinRT, and Windows
- Unified syling & graphics & icons in Windows Desktop (update Win7 look and feel)
- EVERYTHING in Desktop that is shipped with windows works well with High-DPI displays
(currently things like Windows Photo Viewer, Windows Media Player, etc., do NOT)
- EVERYTHING in Desktop functions "as expected" with touch input (pinch to zoom, etc.
currently things like Windows Photo Viewer do NOT)
- Integrated Cortana, and speech-input throughout the OS including Desktop & apps
(so I can speak tweets in Metro Twitter, dictate into Notepad, search, launch, etc.)
- Integrated Notification Center, across Metro and Desktop
- Ability to control tile color on start screen and set "background image" for tiles like WP8.1
(independent of background for start screen)
- On-screen keyboard working AUTOMATICALLY in Desktop on tablets (pop-up when I touch
a text field with no physical keyboard active... and don't obscure text field in the process)
- Desktop APIs for allowing Desktop apps to hook into charms & other "win8/9" features
like search, devices, settings, etc., and ability for Desktop apps to be more energy efficient
and recognize connected standby modes, sleep/hibernate, etc.
- DataSense, BatterySense, support for GPS, and other "phone like" stuff build in (from WP8.x)
- Folder tiles on the Start Screen (put all weather apps in one weather tile, for example)
- Interactive Tiles on the Start Screen (as seen in leaked videos earlier this year)
- Native Trackpad support in control panel for controlling gestures, features, etc. (instead of "Mouse")

The only thing I realy care about for the startscreen is actualy that the tiles on Windows behave like they do on Windows Phone (flipping, etc, instead of scrolling) and an advanced grid, like on Windows Phone, so you can put a small, then a medium, then another small tile next to each other, etc.

Ah yes, I forgot to add that... I HATE the "enforced two-normal-tile stacks" thing on Windows 8's Start Screen. I want more freedom to put any tile and any size tile anywhere I want... just like on Windows Phone.

Thanks for reminding me!

I'm hoping you pretty much nailed Windows 9. This is just about all the frustrations I have left with 8.1 on the desktop and touch. Nice list. I would also want to add tighter OneDrive integration so you can use the more advanced features without having to go to the website. For example, have a customized OneDrive tab in the Windows Explorer ribbon that only appears when you're in the OneDrive folder.

Is this a technical way of saying that the UI will be appropriate for the hardware on which Windows-9 is installed? It should be obvious a UI optimized for a smartphone/tablet does now work nearly as well on a desktop, etc.

Yep, and one more thing: Would love to see more integration with Windows Phone. Like the way OSX can pick up iOS calls, or send text messages, etc.

Speaking of OneDrive, I want them to bring back the "Fetch My Files" feature that was in Windows 8.0 but disappeared in Windows 8.1 ... where I could grab any file off of any of my connected PCs, no matter where I was in the world. Same with browsing libraries (photos, videos, etc.)

Along with that, I'd love the old Windows Live Mesh feature that let me remote into any of my connected PCs from anywhere in the world via a browser (as long as it was a full Windows 8 PC that was on, of course).

I miss those removed features.

Come on guys, stop calling the update "Windows 8.2"... It's just Windows 8.1 Update 2, otherwise, we would have seen a preview already.

I don't think anyone had any doubts, the only question here is what's it going to be, is it Windows 9 or something else? So many rumors flying around this past week or so that it's clear no one outside of the OS Group has a good idea.

George P said,
I don't think anyone had any doubts, the only question here is what's it going to be, is it Windows 9 or something else? So many rumors flying around this past week or so that it's clear no one outside of the OS Group has a good idea.

Windows Next..

Auditor said,

Win next uturn


One man's uturn, is another man's 'responding to feedback'


Both legitimate, but carrying very different meanings. One is negative, the other is positive.

Would he really get in trouble? That's like saying he works on the next version of Windows. Unless Microsoft is planning on closing up shop, there's going to be a next version of Windows as sure as the sun will rise.

greenwizard88 said,
Would he really get in trouble? That's like saying he works on the next version of Windows. Unless Microsoft is planning on closing up shop, there's going to be a next version of Windows as sure as the sun will rise.

But but but Windows 8 was supposed to be the death of Microsoft.

Dot Matrix said,

But but but Windows 8 was supposed to be the death of Microsoft.

And they've had two major updates already to address some issues... and maybe another this Fall.

:)

Dot Matrix said,

But but but Windows 8 was supposed to be the death of Microsoft.

Ballmer said that he bet the company on Windows 8. What he really said, in corporate speak, is that he bet his job on Windows 8.

warwagon said,

fat lady hasn't sung yet!

It has. Fact is 1 out 4 prefer XP thanks to 8 according to market share and places outside of neowin like maximumpc and zdnet

Arno53 said,
It will be better with links to h0x0d's tweets ;-)

Who? There's no mention of tweets or "h0x0d" in this article...