Windows 8 Threshold

Windows 8 updates codenamed 'Threshold' will bring back the Start menu and unify Microsoft's operating systems.

The Threshold update has been widely dubbed Windows 8.2 and will reportedly herald the return of the Start menu, according to Paul Thurrott's WinSuperSite. Microsoft is still responding to complaints after the transition from Windows 7 to Windows 8.

The Start menu was dropped for Windows 8 and while a Start button arrived with Windows 8.1, it only takes users to the modern interface. The Start menu allows users to open applications and search the computer.

Windows expert, Mary Jo Foley says that the Threshold wave of updates will start to arrive in Spring 2015. The update will supposedly bring Windows 8, Windows Phone 8 and Xbox One closer together – a 'one Windows' vision.

"My theory is that Threshold is the release that will put Microsoft on the threshold, if you will, of a truly consolidated OS." said Thurrott.

Microsoft's EVP of Devices, Julie Larson-Green, recently admitted that the firm has too many operating systems and would not have three looking forward.

They already share the same core but Threshold will 'add another level of commonality across Microsoft's various Windows-based platforms', sources say. Threshold may introduce three primary SKUs: A 'modern' consumer Windows like RT, a traditional x86 PC SKU and an enterprise SKU.

With the return of the Start menu being one of two major changes, the other is that users will be given the option run Metro apps in floating windows on the desktop.

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