My comments: Agree with most of the 10. Add #11: Default supported resolution is too high "To snap apps, you need a screen resolution of at least 1366 x 768". For a small tablet the text size may be too small to be practical.
Microsoft to launch Windows 9 in 2013 - report: http://www.globes.co.il/serveen/globes/docview.asp?did=1000802310&fid=1725 My Comments: Smells like Firefox, updates come so often the AV vendors have a hard time playing catch up. With a new version of Windows each year does this mean last year’s applications will not run properly, will device driver hell will be the new catch phrase? Just release 9 to get out from under the 8 ball.
Windows Blue: the next big Windows 8 update: http://www.neowin.net/news/windows-blue-the-next-big-windows-8-update My Comments: For this to be the version of Windows that everyone wants to install, Microsoft needs to not only support the new "Touch" based devices but also support the old laptops and desktops with the look and feel of XP or Windows 7. In fact if I were in charge of development I'd make Blue so faithful that if I sat the average user down in front a desktop running Blue and anther running Windows 7 and asked them to tell me which one is Blue they couldn't.
Also keep in mind that years after XP was discontinued, at this point in time it still has about 39% of the market share. No software vendor in their right (or left) mind would release a new version of their application without support for XP. After all they make refrigerators with right or left opening doors don’t they ;-)
My view: When Windows first arrived with the Graphical User Interface (GUI) it eliminated the need to remember all sorts of keyboard keystroke combinations in order to accomplish your task, all you had to do was point and click. No Windows + X, Alt+F4, remembering and entering in the correct spelling of names of apps in the "Search" or "Run" box. Using stick pins just to insure you didn't have to go through hell again to find Paint.
I want Windows to survive and grow but marketing needs to be in charge this time around, why cut off 99% of your existing customers with an OS like Windows 8? No smart marketing person at any company I know would make a mistake of this magnitude.
Microsoft’s “Surface” concept should have been licensed to the like of Dell, HP, Toshiba and others. Now the Dells of this world are pitted in direct competition with Microsoft.
Windows 9 – First Thoughts
October 5th, 2012
What you say, Windows 9 when Windows 8 hasn’t even been released.
First, I don’t think Windows 9 should not be Microsoft’s top priority, at least not yet. Service Pack 2 for Windows 7 is long overdue and this time lets hope they include fixes for outstanding bugs that have been around since Windows 7 was first released. It also wouldn’t be a bad idea to include SP2 as part of a “Retail” purchase of the product.
Second I would work on a Second Edition of Windows 8 that includes a “Real” start button that emulates the Windows 7 desktop. It shouldn’t take all that long to implement since it was a hidden feature in one of the early preview releases. They could provide the user an option to turn on or off the Windows 7 style desktop during or after the install. This gives Microsoft a second chance in recouping the chances that traditional Desktop or Laptop users (or Corporate IT departments) would upgrade to Windows 8.
Finally I would work on Windows 9 basing its design on the lessons learned from Windows 8 acceptance or rejection by the market place.
How long will it be before Windows 9 is released?
About 4 years or less depending on the success or failure or Windows 8 !