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Microsoft might unveil Windows 9 in April to end Windows 8 woes
The Inquirer ^ | 01/13/2014 | Chris Merriman

Posted on 01/13/2014 11:40:15 AM PST by SeekAndFind

SOFTWARE COBBLER Microsoft might be ready to abandon Windows 8 earlier than it planned in an attempt to reverse the slide in its fortunes.

The company might announce Windows 9 as early as April, reports claim, as it tries to distance itself from the poorly received Windows 8.

We reported on Friday that the Threshold project was being tipped as a major update for Windows 8, however according to Winsupersite it will instead be billed as a new Windows operating system version slated for release in April 2015.

Although the launch of Windows 8 has not been the disaster that Windows Vista was, this would confirm that Windows 8 has been another failure for the company and make Windows 9 another "do or die" product for Microsoft like Windows 7.

Big changes are likely to be in store for the new "Modern" interface that has been criticised for its lack of integration with the traditional Windows desktop environment. Many aspects of the "Modern" user interface have a tacked on feel to traditional Windows PC users, but without enough innovation to lure new ones.

Other major changes that have alienated users include the withdrawal of support for DVD playback out of the box, which is now a premium feature limited to Professional Edition users. Perhaps the most discussed change, however is the removal of the traditional Start Menu, which Microsoft considered uncecessary but has been the subject of a continuing campaign by users lobbying for its return.

A Start Button was reintroduced in Windows 8.1 along with a host of other features designed to answer the many critics of the operating system, however the new Start Button is simply a toggle switch between the "Modern" and traditional Windows Desktop interfaces and has failed to placate most users.

Paul Thurrott, the blogger who runs Winsupersite said that work on Windows 9 has not yet begun, so there will be no early version of it available at Microsoft's Build conference in April, although it's likely that there will be opportunities to work with the upgrade that's been leaked for the Windows 8.1 service pack.



TOPICS: Business/Economy; Computers/Internet
KEYWORDS: microsoft; windows; windows8; windows9
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1 posted on 01/13/2014 11:40:15 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind
Also see here:

Windows 9 will mean the revenge of the Desktop
2 posted on 01/13/2014 11:41:09 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

What Windows 8 woes? It is stable. It works well in “grumpy developer mode”. It handles exceptions better than 7 or XP.


3 posted on 01/13/2014 11:42:46 AM PST by Ingtar (The NSA - "We're the only part of government who actually listens to the people.")
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To: SeekAndFind
More here:

Windows 9 coming in 2015, will try its hardest to distance itself from the Windows 8 train wreck
4 posted on 01/13/2014 11:42:49 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: Ingtar
More here:

Windows 9 coming in 2015, will try its hardest to distance itself from the Windows 8 train wreck

5 posted on 01/13/2014 11:43:23 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind
Why oh why did they ever do Windows 7/8?
Did thousands of users really demand an end to a very logical and user-friendly format?
Madness.
6 posted on 01/13/2014 11:45:25 AM PST by Psalm 73 ("Gentlemen, you can't fight in here - this is the War Room".)
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To: SeekAndFind

April......2015. Misleading title


7 posted on 01/13/2014 11:46:04 AM PST by stuck_in_new_orleans
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To: Ingtar

Product critics are like pundits and movie critics.

They get paid to give opinions that are no better than yours or mine but they have a talent for being wrong.


8 posted on 01/13/2014 11:48:11 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Psalm 73
Why oh why did they ever do Windows 7/8?
What's wrong with Win 7?
My year old PC runs Win 7 Pro w/o a problem and is fast as holy-hell.
9 posted on 01/13/2014 11:48:21 AM PST by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: Psalm 73
Why oh why did they ever do Windows 7/8?

Windows 7 is an excellent operating system.

10 posted on 01/13/2014 11:52:57 AM PST by Jeff Chandler (Obamacare: You can't make an omelette without breaking a few eggs.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Windows 8, Vista.

Seems like every other Microsoft OS is a failure.


11 posted on 01/13/2014 11:53:06 AM PST by oldbill
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To: SeekAndFind

Win 8 doesn’t let people play DVD’s???

say what?


12 posted on 01/13/2014 11:55:10 AM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: SeekAndFind; ShadowAce; All

” - - - Microsoft might be ready to abandon Windows 8 earlier than it planned in an attempt to reverse the slide in its fortunes. - - - “

It also might be a good idea to change the name of this standard of the Computer Industry to a more realistic Company name.

My suggestion for a new Company name is MICROMUSH.

It makes a small contribution to Society, and always with an abundance of jumbled errors and glitches: MICRO + MUSH, MICROMUSH.


13 posted on 01/13/2014 11:55:36 AM PST by Graewoulf (Democrats' Obamacare Socialist Health Insur. Tax violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: SeekAndFind

14 posted on 01/13/2014 11:55:38 AM PST by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: SeekAndFind

as a joke some enterprising person should come up with a redesigned Linux OS named Windows 9


15 posted on 01/13/2014 11:56:46 AM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: SeekAndFind

With Microsoft since ME ever other GUI os sucks
Window 8 sucks
Window 7 good
Windows Vista sucks
Window XP good
Window ME sucks
98 SE ok
98 ok
95 so so


16 posted on 01/13/2014 11:57:29 AM PST by tophat9000 (Are we headed to a Cracker Slacker War?)
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To: ShadowAce

probably just some crap a blogger is throwing out, but gives us a place to bash MS some more. lol


17 posted on 01/13/2014 11:58:00 AM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: oh8eleven; Jeff Chandler

I mainly use my laptop for writing (technical) and research - I found the “traditional” drop-downs to be much quicker and easier - and it drives me nuts everytime I move an open window to the side and it takes up the whole damn screen -if I wanted it bigger I’d make it bigger, etc.


18 posted on 01/13/2014 11:59:17 AM PST by Psalm 73 ("Gentlemen, you can't fight in here - this is the War Room".)
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To: SeekAndFind

My laptop got hacked & a virius was implanted causing it to crash [usb ports & audio systems] & they got in from a windows 8 or 8.1 hole. I had to go back to windows 7 in order to fix it.


19 posted on 01/13/2014 12:00:46 PM PST by TMSuchman (John 15;13 & Exodus 21:22-25 Pacem Bello Pastoribus Canes [shepard of peace,dogs of war])
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To: SeekAndFind

They need to do a basic rethinking of their OS, which should really move to a “tailored fit”, with ala carte add ons.

To start with, MS would make “ideal” basic platforms for major end uses, stripped of everything not essential to those particular uses.

But users could also design their own out of major compatible pieces, like assembling a jigsaw puzzle, leaving it up to MS to troubleshoot their basic designs to show them any problems or gaps in their design. Users would tell MS all about their current hardware and software.

Then in either case, users would be able to add functionality on a sliding scale from free to large packages. There would be a running tally so they could add up to their budget limit.

Then finally, once a functional design was reached and troubleshot, MS would download it to them as well as send them reinstall disks in the mail.

It is also the gift that keeps on giving, as MS would sell a maintenance package that would not only optimize and protect their install, but upgrade it as needed, especially when new hardware or software was added.


20 posted on 01/13/2014 12:01:36 PM PST by yefragetuwrabrumuy (There Is Still A Very Hot War On Terror, Just Not On The MSM. Rantburg.com)
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To: oldbill

Well in truth its just the dam dumb metro tile gui that sucks


21 posted on 01/13/2014 12:02:00 PM PST by tophat9000 (Are we headed to a Cracker Slacker War?)
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To: oldbill
I have Vista on a 7 y/o laptop and a 9 y/o PC.
Slower compared to my 1 y/o PC w/ Win 7, but never any problems.
22 posted on 01/13/2014 12:03:56 PM PST by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: SeekAndFind

>> The company might announce Windows 9 as early as April... work on Windows 9 has not yet begun

Gee... I can’t WAIT to try that exciting new Windows ‘17.

Bet it’s gonna be really cool, if I live long enough to see it released.

Wonder how much of what is announced in April will actually make it into the Win’17 product?


23 posted on 01/13/2014 12:03:56 PM PST by Nervous Tick (Without GOD, men get what they deserve.)
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To: Ingtar

My latest laptop came w/ Win 8. Two days later, upgraded to 8.1. Three days later, paid $118 to upgrade to Win 7. Finally, happy with the notebook.


24 posted on 01/13/2014 12:05:30 PM PST by NautiNurse (Obama sends U.S. Marines to pick up his dog & basketballs. Benghazi? Nope.)
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To: SeekAndFind

And Windows 9 won’t be able to run your legacy software, so get set to buy all new versions of your applications.

It’s a deal Microsoft makes with software developers in exchange for putting their logo on the products. Everybody gets rich and you pay.


25 posted on 01/13/2014 12:05:48 PM PST by oldbill
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To: tophat9000

Yeah! Buy Windows! Because every OTHER OS sucks!

(heh... but we don’t mean it like you think we mean it...)


26 posted on 01/13/2014 12:06:03 PM PST by Nervous Tick (Without GOD, men get what they deserve.)
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To: tophat9000

C’mon man..No shout out for Microsoft BOB??


27 posted on 01/13/2014 12:07:04 PM PST by Ghost of SVR4 (So many are so hopelessly dependent on the government that they will fight to protect it.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Eschewing old Hardware and Software is a hugh seriesly looser for me.


28 posted on 01/13/2014 12:09:23 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: Psalm 73
I found the “traditional” drop-downs to be much quicker and easier
Not quite sure what you mean ... menus? Have you tried the free Class Shell? Great program.
29 posted on 01/13/2014 12:10:55 PM PST by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: Psalm 73
"I mainly use my laptop for writing (technical) and research"

Some of my 486's with Win95 will do that just fine.

30 posted on 01/13/2014 12:11:54 PM PST by Paladin2
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Eschewing old Hardware and Software is a hugh seriesly looser for me.

Yup. Me too. That's why I'm sticking with WinXP (disconnected from the internet) for utility and application use with Linux Mint15 running in a VM for internet access and email.

I like my current hardware. Runs great.

31 posted on 01/13/2014 12:12:32 PM PST by Bloody Sam Roberts ("The further a society drifts from truth the more it will hate those who speak it." - George Orwell)
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To: SeekAndFind

I just love watching Microsoft bring out newer and newer versions of Yugos in the age of Lexus.


32 posted on 01/13/2014 12:14:12 PM PST by Da Coyote
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To: Psalm 73

Win XP Pro support should continue.


33 posted on 01/13/2014 12:14:24 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: NautiNurse

I am a grumpy developer. I spent two days turning off or replacing what annoyed me. :)


34 posted on 01/13/2014 12:16:39 PM PST by Ingtar (The NSA - "We're the only part of government who actually listens to the people.")
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts
I just lost a 12 yr old flat panel this morning.

Oh well, back to some really old 23" Cad/Cam CRTs from the "pile".

35 posted on 01/13/2014 12:17:24 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: SeekAndFind

The odd-numbered Windoze OSes tend to be better than the even-numbered ones.


36 posted on 01/13/2014 12:20:24 PM PST by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; me = independent conservative)
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To: Ingtar

What Windows 8 woes? It is stable. It works well in “grumpy developer mode”. It handles exceptions better than 7 or XP.
It’s the typical Anti-MS Freepers basically acting like MSNBC libs.

Take a false premise.

Dig up rumors, and just made up stories.

proclaim the whole vat of nonsense as “news”.

Post on FR.

Stand by and wait for the usual cast of Mac fanboys, Linux nutters, and the classic “OMG I love Windows XP” curmudgeons to do their usual monkey dance. Add a couple of people who still aren’t able to learn how to use it, and you have the makings of the typical Windows 8 FR post.


37 posted on 01/13/2014 12:21:38 PM PST by VanDeKoik
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To: Paladin2

Ah yes....the boneyard. My wife hates it but it’s my workshop and I can’t bear to part with any of it. Not the Maxtor IDE RAID controller boards or any of the SoundBlaster 16 sound cards or the CRT monitors.     =;^)


38 posted on 01/13/2014 12:22:56 PM PST by Bloody Sam Roberts ("The further a society drifts from truth the more it will hate those who speak it." - George Orwell)
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To: Psalm 73
Why oh why did they ever do Windows 7/8? Did thousands of users really demand an end to a very logical and user-friendly format?

An excellent question.

Xp continues to be a very stable, useful OS for me, particularly with engineering development tools.

The graphics/facebook types seem to forget many of us have used computers as tools for years, not playthings.

39 posted on 01/13/2014 12:23:09 PM PST by doorgunner69
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To: SeekAndFind

3 weeks ago I got my first Mac after 30 years in PC’s.
Impressions:
OSx connectivity is lightyears beyond MS.
Apple needs to fix its file viewing but makes more sense when you think of Unix.
Surprised that I love Thunderbolt. Next PC will have it.
Coding is easer on Mac.

PC’s used to be the Swiss Army knife of computers.
It seems now to be too burdened with legacy to move with the times.


40 posted on 01/13/2014 12:24:03 PM PST by Zathras
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To: tophat9000

Windows 1.0 sucked. No mouse.
Windows 2.0. Better, mouse support.
Windows 3, was ok. Windows 3.11 for Workgroups even better.
NT 4.0. My goto OS for a long time.
Win 95. Major change from 3.11. Liked it.
Win 98. Fixed a few things from 95 that sucked.
Win 2k. Mixed bag.
ME sucked.
XP SP2 stopped the suckage XP had initially.
Server 2003 was ok. Still running this on 2 of my servers.
Vista was outright malware.
7 has turned out ok.
Server 2008 sucked. But R2 cured that. Running this on 3 of my servers.
Win 8 sucks. 8.1 sucks less, but is still annoying. More stable, faster, but sucks from my Net Admin standpoint. Doesn’t matter how fast it is or how I can tweak it if I can’t get my end users to want to use it.

Haven’t seen Server 2010 yet. Been working more with Linux, VMWare, and OSX these days.

Interested to see what direction they take 9.


41 posted on 01/13/2014 12:27:40 PM PST by Dead Corpse (I will not comply.)
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts
As alluded to above, I have some 486's with some old cache boards ( acquired during fun Saturdays spent digging through used stuff at "Computer Shows" (Now defunct)) (I love nested text usage) that makes them smokin' work processors.

486's and contemporary s/w can also do good work on audio files.

42 posted on 01/13/2014 12:30:33 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: Ingtar
"What Windows 8 woes? It is stable. It works well in “grumpy developer mode”. It handles exceptions better than 7 or XP."

It was the user interface that caused the woes, not the OS beneath the hood. An office environment is Microsoft's bread and butter for the windows desktop OS. This new interface was completely different than all the windows before and very unintuitive. For the computer savvy this was a temporary, relatively minor annoyance. But for the typical office worker (such as a secretary) who isn't computer savvy it was a nightmare - everything was changed and they couldn't figure out how to work the thing. They are used to the way its always been and they pretty much spaz out when confronted with that magnitude of change.

43 posted on 01/13/2014 12:30:43 PM PST by circlecity
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To: Jeff Chandler

Yup. 7/64 here. in 2 years I think I have had MAYBE 6-7 crashes. And that’s running all manner of software/games.

It dethroned XPsp2 for me as my favorite. XP I knew inside out. 7 I don’t have to because it just works. At this point it seems like diminishing returns to make a new OS. Until hardware needs something 7 can’t provide/adapt to, why bother?


44 posted on 01/13/2014 12:31:28 PM PST by Norm Lenhart
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To: doorgunner69
"..many of us have used computers as tools for years.."

Some of us actually used them to compute stuff with s/w personally written for true application specific conceptions.

45 posted on 01/13/2014 12:33:04 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: Paladin2
work --> word.

But "work" works too.

46 posted on 01/13/2014 12:34:31 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: Graewoulf

Microsatan.


47 posted on 01/13/2014 12:35:20 PM PST by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS! BETTER DEAD THAN RED!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Since Windows XP is at EOL (end of life April 2014) I just finally upgraded my mom to Windows 7 on a generic computer i built 10 years ago. Seems to run fine after i found a video driver that would work with my old Geforce2. Windows 7 EOL is Jan 2020 so I’m in no hurry to embrace any new MS OS.

If you have Windows XP there are no more security updates after April 2014 so get upgraded or you’ll be at risk of malware like the VERY bad Cryptolocker Ransomware with unpatched security vulnerabilities.

http://blog.malwarebytes.org/intelligence/2013/10/cryptolocker-ransomware-what-you-need-to-know/

http://www.foolishit.com/vb6-projects/cryptoprevent/

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/lifecycle


48 posted on 01/13/2014 12:36:17 PM PST by brandon24
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To: NautiNurse

LOL! My wife almost had me do the same with her new laptop. But I installed Classic Shell (see post 29) and she’s been happy ever since.


49 posted on 01/13/2014 12:37:04 PM PST by deoetdoctrinae (Gun-free zones are playgrounds for felons.)
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To: Ghost of SVR4

Or Clippy!


50 posted on 01/13/2014 12:38:44 PM PST by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS! BETTER DEAD THAN RED!)
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