We know that Microsoft is working diligently on the next iteration of Windows, referred to internally as Windows Threshold, and externally, most call it Windows 9. While we do not know if Microsoft will refer to it as Windows 9 when the OS goes public, Nadella did take a bit of time on the earnings call to talk briefly about the upcoming platform.
On the earnings call, Nadella talked about how they will be combining the Windows effort. He said that they will streamline the three operating systems into one converged operating system for screens of all sizes and that they will unify all of their stores to make it easy to discover apps that work across the entire ecosystem too.
At the end of the call, during the question and answer session, Nadella clarified what he said when probed for more information about if they would be doing away with their enterprise SKUs. When answering the analyst’s question, it was more about having one team with a layered architecture to bring all of Windows under one roof and one store.
For those of you who have been following Windows announcements closely, you will know that most of this information is not new, but hearing it once again publicly, does mean that the process is in place and will actually be executed upon release.
While we would love to hear about the specifics for their plans of the next iteration of Windows, one thing is for certain, Microsoft is not shy when talking about Windows Threshold. So far, it has been mentioned at many of their larger conferences like Build, WPC and the latest event, their quarterly earnings call.
Nadella said that they will be talking more about the next wave of Windows enhancements in the coming months, but did not offer any detailed timeline for those announcements.