News

Microsoft's 'Threshold' Rumored To Be Three Windows SKUs

Veteran Microsoft watcher Mary Jo Foley today outlined more details about Microsoft's rumored "Threshold" product wave releases.

Threshold is the purported code name for products that Microsoft may release in the spring of 2015. Microsoft has offered no public comments about it. However, Foley, citing unnamed sources, now describes Threshold as at least three future product "SKUs" (stock-keeping units) for Windows. The three SKUs mentioned by Foley are:

  • Modern Consumer SKU: A frequently updated WinRT operating system supporting "modern" or Windows Store Apps on ARM-based machines, as well as possibly Intel-based ones, but not focused on Win32 "legacy" apps
  • Traditional Consumer SKU: A frequently updated operating system optimized to support the use of a keyboard and mouse combination
  • Traditional Enterprise SKU: A traditional desktop OS capable of running Windows Store Apps that isn't frequently updated through the Windows Store and that will only be offered to organizations opting for volume licensing

The three Windows products appear to be a way to address the different needs of consumers and businesses, as well as IT departments that may be unhappy with Microsoft's faster Windows release cadence and user interface changes. Only the so-called Traditional Enterprise SKU seems like a major departure from Microsoft's current practices with Windows 8.

Foley depicted Threshold as a "concession" of sorts.

"The big takeaway here is there may be more concessions coming to folks who felt like Windows 8 went too far in turning Windows into a touch-first, tablet-centric operating system," she suggested.

As an indication that the more things change, the more they revert back to the same thing, Microsoft could bring back the ability to run applications in floating Windows with the Threshold release, according to speculation by writer Paul Thurrott, citing his own unnamed sources. He also said that Microsoft might bring back the Start Menu in the next version of Windows, which he suggested might be called "Windows 8.2."

About the Author

Kurt Mackie is senior news producer for the 1105 Enterprise Computing Group.

Featured

  • RAMBleed Side-Channel Attack Method Disclosed by Researchers

    Academic researchers this week published information about another side-channel attack method, called "RAMBleed," that can expose information from memory chips, including encryption key information.

  • Penguin

    Windows 10 Preview Build 18917 Shows Off New Linux Integration

    Microsoft's latest Windows 10 "fast-ring" preview release is showcasing a coming Delivery Optimization enhancement, along with the ability to try the newly emerged Windows Subsystem for Linux version 2.

  • Customizing Microsoft Office 365

    While the overall look and feel of Office 365 is pretty standard across organizations, there are several ways to personalize it and make it fit better with your company's specific needs.

  • Microsoft 365 Business Tenants Getting Conditional Access and Trouble-Ticket Features

    Microsoft added its conditional access security service to Microsoft 365 Business subscriptions, according to a Wednesday announcement, and it also added new trouble-ticket features for Microsoft 365 administrators.

comments powered by Disqus

Office 365 Watch

Sign up for our newsletter.

Terms and Privacy Policy consent

I agree to this site's Privacy Policy.