Windows 10 Threshold Name

Windows threshold is coming out and already available as a Technical preview for those of you who are Apps developers or just like trying out the latest and greatest from the Microsoft Windows team.

One thing that’s always bothered me is we’ve called it Windows 9, and then things changed.  If you haven’t heard already it’s been Nicknamed named Windows 10. Why?

1. Reason number 1. Window is such a huge leap from previous version that they just had to change the name to demonstrate it’s difference. Because calling it Threshold wasn’t enough.

2. Also calling it Windows 9 would have resulted in problems in the code since previous Windows 95, 98 versions in the code would conflict. See example below

“early testing revealed just how many third party products that had code of the form”

if(version.StartsWith(“Windows 9”)) { /* 95 and 98 */ } else {

But that name! Threshold? It’s also to show how life changing this operating system can be! Well according to internal information, there will also be three different versions of the same OS.

Windows “Desktop”
The full version of Windows that we all know and love, usually found on desktops and laptops. Runs 32bit applications and has a desktop mode. (note, I hope they don’t go all, Professional, Ultimate, Basic model like Vista and 7)

Windows “Mobile”
A version of the OS that is designed and optimized for mobile devices such as phones and tablets. Basically a crippled OS of Windows.

Windows “Server”
A version of the OS that is designed and optimized for use on servers.

These all share the same core, just like Linux does, but supports different architecture and can be as compact as not needing a shell to function or GUI as I call it. It’s become slowly more and more Linux-Like as time goes by. This might be a good thing. No need to maintain different versions of windows as they do now.

We’re also expecting a lower minimum of 4GB for space on newer Mobile Windows version. Hooray! more space on our tablets.


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Posted on October 17, 2014, in Computers and Internet, Rants, Windows. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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