Rumors are swirling about the next release of Windows- it looks like there is a possibility Windows 8 will receive a new, old, look FINALLY. Especially true for business users, Windows 8 has been a complete disaster. With extremely low adoption numbers in the business community, if the rumors are true, this could be just the boost Microsoft needs to get back in the game.
If independent leaks are to be believed, Windows chief Terry Myerson appears to be dismantling the Jekyll-and-Hyde monstrosity that is Windows 8, instead replacing it with a triumvirate of products that people and companies will actually want. Although the leaks don’t quite line up one to one, they’re close enough to warrant a great deal of optimism about the future of Windows.Last week ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley, quoting unnamed sources, introduced the waiting Windows world to code name “Threshold,” a wave of updates that will encompass what we now know as Windows, Windows RT, Windows Phone, and Xbox. In a bit of old-fashioned Microsoft arm-waving, Threshold is supposed to help support the same set of “high-value activities” across all the platforms, where “high-value activities” include “expression/documents,” “decision making/task completion,” and “IT management.” Forgive me for being more than a little bit skeptical about the bafflegab. I’d be ecstatic if Microsoft just got the low-value activities right.The article laid out a timeline that makes a great deal of sense. The next version of Windows as we know it — Foley calls it Windows 8.1 Update 1, which sounds like another branding disaster in the making — should arrive in conjunction with Windows Phone “Blue” (still known internally as Windows Phone 8.1), in the second quarter of 2014.Reading between the lines, the new Windows 8.1.1 (or whatever) will not include the Threshold
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