Forget about Windows 8.2, Microsoft is reportedly planning to release Windows 9 on April 2015 instead. According to Microsoft’s watcher, Paul Thurrott, the software giant is planning something in a bigger scale for Threshold, that is releasing the next major upgrade of the operating system, Windows 9. Even more interesting information is that the company will reveal to the world the next version of Windows at Microsoft’s BUILD 2014 developer conference later this year.
Apparently because of all hiccups with Windows 8, Microsoft is considering to skip Windows 8.x naming convention and it will use the “Windows 9” name for Threshold to start over fresh. It’s early to tell about the changes and improvements the new OS will bring to users, but there is information that points out to Metro 2.0, which will bring many fixes and improvements to the design language in the latest version of Windows, including the ability for Metro style apps to float of the desktop — like with any desktop application you use in the operating system today.
Paul also reports that the software giant won’t be making available an alpha version of Windows 9 at the BUILD 2014 developer conference, but Microsoft is expected to release three milestones of Threshold before launch. No word yet in the names the company will use for the releases, which usually go by Beta, Preview, Release Candidate, and others.
Although it’s not a secret Microsoft is planning Windows 10, Windows 11, and other versions already. The software giant is just getting finished with the plans for Windows 9 and development won’t start if not until after the BUILD conference in April, which will also be the time the company will officially announce what’s coming next.
There is no doubt that Windows 8 was a game changer since Windows 95, and Windows 8.1 further improved what was missing in the operating system. However it’s also true that users aren’t happy with the way things are, as such Microsoft needs to prove that Windows can be exciting once again, and perhaps that is what Windows 9 will do — Remember Windows Vista? And then Windows 7 was born, I think the story is repeating itself.