Microsoft appears to be wasting no time moving on from the disastrous launch of Windows 8 by announcing its successor on September 30. Redmond is reportedly planning to unveil key features of the new operating system -- codename “Threshold" -- during a media event tentatively planned for that day.
The company will be unveiling key features of Threshold, with a preview version available for developers on that day or shortly thereafter, according to a report by The Verge, citing sources familiar with Microsoft’s plan. A stable version is expected to be made available for the general public sometime in early 2015.
Windows Losing Marketshare to Windows
For Microsoft, September 30 probably cannot come fast enough. Users have not been impressed with the drastic redesign to the Windows interface. In fact, the latest version only commands 12.54 percent of the market. Even more troubling for Microsoft, Windows 8 and 8.1 suffered a combined loss of 0.06 percentage points from June to July, the first time its share declined.
Its predecessor, Windows 7, is still installed on 51.22 percent of PCs. Even the 13-year-old XP operating system is doing better, representing 24.82 percent of the market, despite the fact that support for the system ended three months ago.
Manufacturers have been just as put off as users of Microsoft’s latest offering. HP is continuing to push Windows 7, and recently sent out an e-mail promoting the five-year-old system over Windows 8 as part of its back-to-school sales. And shortly after the start of the year, the company quietly removed all of its Windows 8 models from the top pages of its online store.
Two of its three top-selling models are still preloaded with the Windows 7 OS. HP cut the price of the Envy 15t-j100 notebook with Windows 7 installed to $729.99 this week, promoting the OS for its “familiar and intuitive environment.” Lenovo and Dell, which make up the top three PC OEMs along with HP, are also still promoting Windows on their Web sites.
Before the Threshold
Although the exact details of Threshold’s redesign are still unknown, Windows watchers say it will more likely represent a return to the comfortable form of Windows 7, rather than another radical redesign. One detail that has already been announced by Microsoft is the return of the Start menu with a miniature version of the popular feature that was missing from Windows 8.
Meanwhile, the Charms bar, which provides shortcuts to certain system functions, will likely disappear in the new version. Users will also have the ability to run Metro apps in individual desktop windows, similar to how previous versions of the operating system worked.
However, not all of the improvements expected in Windows 9 are confined to just bringing back the look and feel of Windows 7. Cortana, the personal assistant found on Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8.1, is expected to make its desktop debut with Threshold. Virtual desktop support may be another feature that will be unveiled September 30.
Posted: 2014-09-07 @ 12:50am PT
I don't know why you people don't want to change yourself with the new technology. Windows 8.1 is far better then that Windows XP. Windows 7 or XP seems boring after use of Windows 8 or 8.1 ....
Only thing you people just need to remember "learn and re learn".
This should be the rule of life. Without this, you will keep blaming Microsoft for pushing you out from your comfort zone.
Posted: 2014-09-05 @ 4:49am PT
I have no confidence that Microsoft is actually listening to its customers. One of the most unpopular things about Windows 8 is the flat design ethic and the loss of the graphically rich Aero glass.
It's like Microsoft are trying to sell us black and white television as an "upgrade" to HD colour TV.
The worst thing is, when 3rd party add ons come out to correct their mistakes, they remove the code these add ons use in their service packs.
Have you ever seen any other business that works so hard to deny customers their choice?
Posted: 2014-08-29 @ 1:01pm PT
I have been wanting a new computer, however I will not buy anything that is like Windows 8. I have seen it and tried to use it and it's awful. So, if they do not get back to the basics, then I will not be getting a new one.
Posted: 2014-08-26 @ 2:32pm PT
What's with the stupid picture icons? Are they marketing to 14 year olds? Is this the end of serious computer use and everything is now a game display? On a smartphone, it's ok because it's easier to see an icon than text.
Posted: 2014-08-25 @ 1:07pm PT
It's about time to stop using MS Windows and IE.
Windows 9 is the same OLD thing.
Posted: 2014-08-24 @ 10:32pm PT
Is windows 9 going be better then windows 8 or 8.1 and faster?
Posted: 2014-08-22 @ 3:33pm PT
Go buy some Apple garbage then. What exactly is inferior?
Posted: 2014-08-21 @ 1:06pm PT
Windows 8 is an inferior product. If Windows 9 is better, I will still have to pay heavily for the change. Microsoft wins either way. Sold me a mangy dog and will make me pay again for a better version. Stopped support for a really good product because it lasted too long and they didn't have a way of wringing more money out of me. Shame on you Microsoft. You should refund all the money invested in a lemon. And goodbye to the charms and apps. What about just a good basic computer without the silly bells and whistles?