The Windows Server Notebook

Dec 2 2013   6:26PM GMT

Microsoft reportedly settles on next Windows codename, ‘Threshold’ is the new ‘Blue’

Jeremy Stanley Jeremy Stanley Profile: Jeremy Stanley

Microsoft is on track to deliver an update to Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 in 2014, but what comes after that? There’s a codename and timeframe for that, according to reports.

“Threshold” — a nod to the “Halo” franchise of videogames — is the codename of a set of Windows updates set to be released in spring 2015, reported Mary Jo Foley on Monday.

The plan — and, as Foley notes, it’s quite early in the game — is to deliver near-simultaneous updates. This should bring the Windows OS (client and server), Windows Phone OS and the new Xbox One gaming console OS closer together in terms of sharing a common code base.

In addition to that, the company would also try to make the developer toolset for the operating systems more similar — presumably, to make deploying apps across the entire Microsoft device portfolio simpler.

What do you think of the codename “Threshold” and Microsoft’s efforts to make the code base across OSes similar? Let us know in the comments below, or on Twitter @SearchWinServer.

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