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Windows Threshold May Merge Windows Phone, RT

Microsoft's upcoming Windows Threshold operating system reportedly will merge Windows Phone and Windows RT into one user interface for ARM-based mobile devices.

An alleged screenshot of the new Threshold Windows operating system, leaked last month. (Source: Myce.com)
An alleged screenshot of the new Threshold Windows operating system, leaked last month. (Source: Myce.com)

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mejiac
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mejiac,
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8/29/2014 | 4:47:34 PM
Re: Competitive Problem
@hazydave,

Great comment! Thank you for sharing,


I do have a question (and perhaps the community can provide some feedback)

How come Windows tablets, running Windows 8.1 (not RT) haven't faired better? I recently played a little with the Toshiba Encore, and the fact that it was a full blown working windows 8.1, I really liked it...it's great for note taking and you can practically do anything (in the sense of being a good companion device)

Wo will windows 9 provide a better boost? Or kill any future opportunities for Window tablets to make there mark?
hazydave
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hazydave,
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8/28/2014 | 1:13:27 PM
Competitive Problem
Microsoft was confused in making a split between tablet and phone in a world where no one else really does. Android is Android -- applications are designed to run on phone when on a phone and tablets when on a tablet. Apple does have tablet-only apps, but also runs every phone app on their tablet and allows apps that work on both in the native mode of each. 

For consumers, that's about costs and consistency -- same stuff on both devices, only buy it once. For developers, that's about one coding effort and one binary rather than multiple. Both are against Microsoft, and it doesn't help that they had basically no market presence in mobile anyway. And what they might have had was largely self-destrusted by the Windows Phone 7 fiasco (non-upgradeable hardware and a dead-end API). 

Microsoft also kind of torpedoed themselves on apps. With very little market, they paid select major app companies to do ports of some popular apps. Those companies, expecting little actual income, look at the Microsoft funding as their complete pay-off for those applications. They don't do much in the way of updates, and that one app doesn't lead to another -- they're waiting for a Microsoft check for that next one, too. And those major companies in there keeps the sort of smaller companies -- the kind that built both iOS and Android markets into their current juggernaut positions -- from feeling safe about entering the Windows mobile market. 
Sheetal.Pandey
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Sheetal.Pandey,
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8/28/2014 | 2:52:36 AM
Re: OS Updates
Microsoft tried their level best to make its name in Smartphone but somehow it didnt click..people are not able to associate WIndows with Smartphone..May be it was their  long for PCs that may be the reason.SOmetimes perception also matters a lot..
jgherbert
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jgherbert,
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8/27/2014 | 10:38:22 PM
OS Updates
"Microsoft recently revealed that it will begin deploying new OS features and fixes every month, as it already does with security patches, instead of updating Windows in large chunks every few years."

This sounds like a support nightmare, not to mention how it could work out if you're a software developer trying to keep your prdouct functioning on an ever-changing OS. I can't even begin to imagine how this will work.
progman2000
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progman2000,
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8/27/2014 | 10:16:26 AM
Re: They're doing it again!
Ditto - I refuse to believe it until I see it.  And if I see it I still probably won't believe it.  I am an early adopted with most all technologies except the ones that start with 'Microsoft'...
melgross
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melgross,
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8/27/2014 | 9:58:38 AM
They're doing it again!
So, Microsoft has pretended that Windows ran happily on all devices in the past, and now they're doing it again. Windows on ARM will be different than Windows on x86. The question is how different it will be for ARM tablets and phones. There will be differences, as has been reported elsewhere.
pcharles09
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8/27/2014 | 12:12:21 AM
Re: get rid of RT
@Michael E,

They should use "Windows" the same way Apple uses "i" for all their products. See how that works out.
Michael Endler
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Michael Endler,
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8/26/2014 | 7:30:55 PM
Re: get rid of RT
I get the feeling they might just call everything "Windows" (though I expect phrases such as "Windows tablet" or "Windows Phone" will endure). I'll be surprised if any products still have the RT suffix once Threshold launches.
Thomas Claburn
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8/26/2014 | 7:16:07 PM
get rid of RT
The "RT" designation is just confusing. The sooner MS gets rid of it, the better.
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