Someday, Microsoft wants to stop juggling so many different platforms, and unite its desktop, tablet, smartphone, and even gaming aspirations under one (presumably Windows) banner. That means we’ve been looking forward to things like a unification of WP8 and Windows RT, and just last week we heard some commentary from the company about how it’s still pushing towards that goal. But when might we hope things get there? Even as that answer continues to elude us, we get some valuable new information today, with word of Microsoft’s plans for a series of 2015 updates in development under the codename Threshold.
Supposedly, Threshold won’t be the update that actually unifies any platforms – that would still be further off – but it would build off the changes implemented between now and then (like merging the phone and desktop app stores) by creating shared “high value activities” across Microsoft’s platforms. As for what that means, it sounds like a mix of shared services, common apps, and document formats that will act as a stepping stone towards shared code.
This would mean that full-on RT/WP8 integration could still be quite a way’s off: think 2016, if not later.