Microsoft share price: Unified OS platforms in course of preparation?

on Dec 3, 2013
Updated: Oct 21, 2019
Listen, Tuesday, December 3: A series of recent leaks have suggested that Microsoft Corp (NASDAQ:MSFT) has plans to release multiple software updates aimed at deeper integration between its Windows, Windows Phone and Xbox One platforms. The changes will be released in the spring of 2015, with the project currently operating under the codename “Threshold”, according to a report on Monday.

Microsoft shares closed up 0.84 percent in yesterday’s Nasdaq trading.
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‘Threshold’ is the name of a planet in the ‘Halo’ universe – the Xbox-exclusive video game franchise which has contributed greatly to the success of Microsoft’s gaming console. And, according to a report Monday by technology-focused website, it is also the codename for a series of updates that will bring Windows, Windows Phone and Xbox One operating systems closer together.

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ZDNet’s Microsoft-pointing reporter Mary Jo Foley cited “a couple of” sources who confirmed that the company’s Executive Vice President Terry Myerson recently mentioned the Threshold codename in an internal email regarding the plans for his unified operating system engineering group.

Foley writes that if all goes according to early plans, Threshold will include updates to all three operating systems that “will advance them in a way to share even more common elements”.
The three systems already share a common Windows NT core, but Threshold would reportedly create even deeper connections between them, adding “another level of commonality across Microsoft’s various Windows-based platforms”, Foley writes. The wave of updates will enable Microsoft to support the same core set of “high value activities”, likely including MS Office, across all platforms.

Interestingly, this isn’t the first time Microsoft has codenamed a project after an object within the Halo franchise. The company’s answer to Apple’s virtual assistant Siri is codenamed Cortana – an ‘AI’ that acts as a virtual assistant to the protagonist in the Halo games.
**One Microsoft**
The news about Threshold follows earlier reports that Microsoft is working on a single app store across all Windows platforms, and is consistent with the software giant’s ‘One Microsoft’ strategy outlined by outgoing Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer in the summer.

“Our products and services should operate as one experience across every device,” Ballmer wrote in a memo at the time.
To facilitate the execution of the new approach, Ballmer launched a major reorganisation of Microsoft’s five business units into four main engineering groups.
**As of 12:12 UTC buy Microsoft shares at $38.29**
**As of 12:12 UTC sell Microsoft shares at $38.07**
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