Xbox One, Windows and Windows Phone to be united by Threshold – rumour

Tuesday, 3rd December 2013 02:20 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Microsoft is said to be planning a system called Threshold to bring together its currently disparate Windows PC, Windows Phone and Xbox One operating systems.

ZDNet cites multiple anonymous sources and an internal Microsoft email from EVP Terry Myerson for the codenamed project.

According to the whisperers, Threshold is an endeavour by Microsoft’s new unified operating-system engineering group, which will issue updates to Xbox One, Windows and Windows Phone making their Windows NT-based operating systems more similar. The end result will be a single app store for all three platforms, and more universal developer tools.

More interestingly, the sources say Threshold will also allow Microsoft to deliver the same set of “high value activities” across all three platforms. ZDNet identified four core areas and suggested likely apps – expression/documents (Office, Remix); decision making/task completion (Bing); IT management (Intune and Workplace Join) and “serious fun”, whatever that means.

The project is named after the planet in the first Halo game; Microsoft’s Siri rival Cortana was also codenamed for the Halo character.

Microsoft responded to ZDNet’s queries by stating that it does not comment on rumours and speculation.

Thanks, GamesIndustry.



  1. ddtd

    That’d be really interesting for indie devs if Windows and X1 share the same App Store.

    #1 1 year ago
  2. mal617

    Cool news

    #2 1 year ago
  3. polygem

    that sounds like it makes A LOT of sense. interesting.

    #3 1 year ago
  4. pukem0n

    play Windows Phone games on your X1?

    would be great if they actually bring them with higher resolutions.
    but then again you will propably have to shell out console prices like 20€ for a game that is 2.99 on WP.

    #4 1 year ago
  5. mistermogul

    MS have been so far behind the times under the leadership of Ballmer.

    For a tech company this should already exist as it does in Apples ecosystem. The history of the company shows a lot of them playing catch-up rather than innovating.

    #5 1 year ago
  6. TheWulf

    Someone’s scared by the SteamBox, nVidia, and Android cooperation that’s been happening of late. And probably SteamBoxes most of all.

    The thing is though is to make this work, they need to make the XBox One an open platform. And I can see earth going through a nuclear winter before that happens.

    #6 1 year ago
  7. Phoenixblight


    Stop talking. Windows 8 was built for this exact thing. They made the OS to scale across all devices that use it so this would be the natural course. Steam OS won’t be doing the same thing so I am not sure why its being even brought up.

    #7 1 year ago
  8. Hcw87

    Do you honestly think Steambox is going to sell better than the next gen consoles? Really?

    Sure it’ll be nice for some people out there, and i won’t lie and say i’m not interested in one. But people sure as hell won’t flock to it like they did with PS4/XB1.

    #8 1 year ago

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