Windows 9 - Latest news August 12th, 2014 Revised: August 15th, 2014
Revised: September 15th, 2014 and September 18th
September 30th, 2014 - Its not called Windows 9 its "Windows 10"
Revised: September 30th, 2014 - In a little less than 2 hours from now Microsoft will anounce the next version of Windows. Already the rumors are flying as to when, where and the price of Windows 9 !!!
(August 15th: Preview now rumored to be available in late September or early October according to Mary Jo Foley of ZDNET).
At this point in time its looks like any chance of seeing Windows 9 (code named “Threshold”) released for the fall shopping season is not very likely. By this time there should have been at least a preview release available to the general public and a RTM (Release To Manufacturing) version for TechNet and MSDN subscribers if not now by the end of this week.
But according to the latest rumors it’s not going to happen and the projected date for availablity to the public for purchasing Windows 9 is now set for April of 2015. This means Microsoft is going to struggle thru another 2 business quarters and lack luster earnings from the sale of Windows 8.1 with the greatest impact being the resistance of current Windows 7, Vista and XP owners to upgrade their computers.
Rumors also hint at the return of a true “Start Menu” or something close from the leaked photos I’ve seen. It looks like the left half of the start menu will be the one most of us are familiar with. The right side however is a different story as it implies that you will get a set of modern UI or “Tiles” to work from. This may not be a bad idea especially if you can click on a tile and stay in the desktop mode when the app opens. Also it would be nice if the user can customize what they want to include or excludes and change the size of the tiles to a smaller size that allows you to fit more tiles into the space allowed.
Two things I’d like to see is an easier means of creating shortcuts on the desktop and not just pinning applications to the taskbar.The return of Aero for Desktop users.