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Windows 9 Chatter Suggests a Return to the Desktop
Windows 9 Chatter Suggests a Return to the Desktop

By Seth Fitzgerald
January 13, 2014 3:00PM

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The latest string of rumors suggests that Microsoft is no longer interested in trying to fix its Windows 8 operating system. Instead, the chatter indicates that Microsoft feels that it's better to come out with Windows 9 in order to distance the OS from all of the issues and complaints associated with the current operating system.
 



For nearly two decades, Windows has been the standard operating system for PCs, and it easily made the transition from desktops to laptops. Unfortunately, the transition to mobile and touch-centric devices has not been as smooth, mainly because Microsoft tried to produce an operating system that would work equally well on touch-centric and keyboard-centric devices. That effort resulted in Windows 8, the biggest overhaul of the platform in years, and plenty of criticism ever since.

A recent update in the form of Windows 8.1 did improve the OS. However, rumors are now swirling that Microsoft is already focusing on release of Windows 9 rather than more updates for Windows 8. If the speculators are correct, we could see a more desktop-oriented Windows 9 as early as April 2015.

Goodbye Windows 8?

The latest string of rumors stem from a report that was published by well-known Windows watcher and blogger Paul Thurrott. At the core of Thurrott's report is the notion that Microsoft is no longer interested in trying to fix Windows 8. Instead, he suggests, the company feels it would be better to release Windows 9 to help distance the OS from all of the issues and complaints associated with Win 8.

As the story goes, Windows 9, which is being referred to in the press as "Threshold," will be another re-working of Windows, but instead of making it more suited for mobile devices, the main OS will once again be engineered for traditional PCs. Although the Metro user interface, which is touchscreen oriented, will not be going away, it may be updated to allow for Metro applications to run in a similar way to older Windows programs.

"Threshold is more important than any specific updates," Thurrott writes. "Windows 8 is tanking harder than Microsoft is comfortable discussing in public, and the latest release, Windows 8.1, which is a substantial and free upgrade with major improvements over the original release, is in use on less than 25 million PCs at the moment.

"That's a disaster," Thurrott declares, "and Threshold needs to strike a better balance between meeting the needs of over a billion traditional PC users while enticing users to adopt this new Windows on new types of personal computing devices.

"In short," Thurrott concludes, the next version of Windows "needs to be everything that Windows 8 is not."

A Tricky Strategy

Microsoft is in a difficult position as it is now faced with a market trend toward mobile devices but the inability to develop a single operating system that pleases all of its customers whether they are on traditional computers, tablets or smartphones. (continued...)

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Posted: 2014-07-06 @ 2:30pm PT
Microsoft needs to concentrate on improving quality and performance of Windows desktop - speed, reliability, and ease of use such as connecting to a network, the internet, or securely connecting to a cloud, home, or corporate VPN. Microsoft should stop thinking and making things like Cisco, where one needs to have training & certification to do simple configurations. Stop inventing and using geeky terms that users have to learn. Stop writing manuals in & help pages that need the reader to search the internet for a glossary of terms. Write users manual in plain language so people won't need a another manual to understand a Microsoft manual.





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