Skip to comments.Microsoft might unveil Windows 9 in April to end Windows 8 woes
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.
What Windows 8 woes? It is stable. It works well in “grumpy developer mode”. It handles exceptions better than 7 or XP.
April......2015. Misleading title
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.
Windows 7 is an excellent operating system.
Windows 8, Vista.
Seems like every other Microsoft OS is a failure.
Win 8 doesn’t let people play DVD’s???
” - - - 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.
as a joke some enterprising person should come up with a redesigned Linux OS named Windows 9
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
95 so so
probably just some crap a blogger is throwing out, but gives us a place to bash MS some more. lol
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.
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.
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.
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