Windows 'Threshold' and cadence: How fast is too fast?

Posted 2 days ago ago at All About Microsoft with 9 recent echos

For individual consumers, especially power users, Microsoft cant release new versions of Windows quick enough. But for many IT pros, a new version of Windows every year is too fast for them to test and update to their liking. Microsoft is believed to be trying to change the way users of all stripes think about new releases and updates starting with Threshold. As I blogged previously, tipsters claim Microsoft will make monthly updates a mandatory part of participation in the upcoming Threshold...

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Windows Threshold: Rapid release is getting really interesting

Posted 6 days ago ago at Neowin with 4 recent echos

Microsoft is working feverishly towards a release of Windows Threshold that is expected to be released late next month. The build will likely be called Windows Technical Preview the word 'Enterprise' may be tossed in there too, but what will be quite convenient when the preview is finally released is how you will go about upgrading to new builds. On current internal builds of Windows Threshold, you can upgrade builds with a single click of a button. How it works is that when you open...

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Microsoft set to unveil Windows 9 on September 30th

Posted 7 days ago ago at The Verge with 3 recent echos

Microsoft is planning to unveil its Windows 8 successor next month at a special press event. Sources familiar with Microsofts plans tell that the software maker is tentatively planning its press event for September 30th to detail upcoming changes to Windows as part of a release codenamed Threshold. This date may change, but the Threshold version of Windows is currently in development and Microsoft plans to release a preview version of what will likely be named Windows 9 to developers on...

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Microsoft is still busy readying its upcoming technology preview of Windows 9, but details continue to emerge about the company plans for the future of Windows. WinBeta reports that Windows 9 will include interactive Live Tiles and a notification center. Microsoft has previously experimented with interactive Live Tiles as part of a research effort earlier this year, and understands it planning to include this work in Windows 9, currently codenamed Threshold. The Live Tile work, which is surfaced...

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Windows Threshold 'Technical Preview for Enterprise': Here's what to expect

Posted 3 days ago ago at Neowin with 2 recent echos

Late next month, we fully expect Microsoft to release a technical preview of Windows Threshold and as we approach that launch window, we are learning more and more about the release and what all will be included. For starters, the current watermark for the builds that are circulating refer to the pre release version as the Windows Technical Preview for Enterprise which should help you understand what Microsoft intentions are for this build. While early Windows 8 builds were called Developer...

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Windows 9 (Threshold): Welcome to Modern UI 2.0

Posted 3 days ago ago at WinBeta with 2 recent echos

WinBeta can reveal that Windows Threshold will include an updated Modern UI when it launches in 2015. The new Modern UI is set to include a whole bunch of new features which is aimed to align it with competing tablet operating systems like iOS and Android. The Modern UI being the Start Screen and related apps will be front and center with tablets, and will remove the desktop for  devices which do not need it. There is no middle ground between devices that have the Modern UI and devices that have...

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Surface 2 prices slashed, hinting at discontinuation or replacement

Posted 3 days ago ago at Arstechnica with 2 recent echos

Microsoft has cut $100 off the price of its Surface 2 Windows RT tablets. This puts the cheapest 32GB unit at $349, the 64GB unit at $449, and the 64GB model with LTE version at $579. With the price cut, the 32GB 1920×1080 Microsoft tablet is priced below all but the 16GB non Retina iPad mini. The discounts are available through Microsoft physical and online stores, as well as through some other retailers such as Amazon. The price cuts are described as being for a limited time only, expiring on...

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Spotify is finally free on Windows Phone

Posted 2 days ago ago at The Verge with 2 recent echos

Spotify refreshed its Windows Phone app earlier this year, but one important feature was missing: free ad-supported streaming. A new update today includes the missing feature, allowing Windows Phone users to stream playlists and music in shuffle mode. The update brings the app largely up to the same functionality as the Android and iOS versions, and Spotify is also improving the search experience and other "additional improvements throughout the app." While the streaming is ad-supported, Spotify...

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