Chinese leaker FaiKee said a few days ago that Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) will release Windows 9 in the second or third quarter of 2015. A newly leaked internal document obtained by Myce reveals the entire schedule for Windows 9 and Windows Phone 9, which are currently under development. A preview of both these operating systems will be released in Q2 or Q3, 2015. That’s in line with what popular Windows blogger Paul Thurrott claimed in January.
What new things are we going to see in Windows 9?
The leaked document shows that the cloud-based Windows 365 is currently in alpha stage. Reports suggest that it will be a subscription version, where users will get the core OS for free but they will have to pay for additional features. The native Windows 9 is also in the alpha stage. It will bring a number of updates including one user experience, cloud services, changes to the Metro UI, OneDrive, system protection with Windows Defender, and enhanced Windows activation.
Another interesting thing is that the personal assistant Cortana is also coming to Windows 9. These changes and new features suggest that Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) is addressing most of the complaints resulting from Windows 8. Besides these features, the new version is likely to re-introduce the much-loved Start Menu. Anyway, the Office 2015 is no longer in the alpha stage. The document shows its status as TP-CP1, which means Technical Preview and Consumer Preview 1. It indicates that we may soon see a public preview of the Office 2015.
Why is Microsoft mum on Windows 9?
After the Windows 8 debacle, many were expecting Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) to at least announce the possible release date for Windows 9 at the Build conference. But the software giant was tight-lipped. And it didn’t utter a single word on Windows 9 at its TechEd conference. Why is the Redmond-based company mum on the new operating system?
With Windows 8, Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) tried to radically reinvent the Windows, and we know the consequences. The company realizes that it must get Windows 9 right when the new OS is released. Otherwise, its loyal customers will start looking for alternatives. So, the stake is really high for Windows 9, and the company can’t afford to take a chance. On the other hand, Windows 8 was a disaster, so the company doesn’t incur much risk by tinkering with it, says Brien Posey of RedmondMag.
Now, Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) can experiment, tweak, make major changes, and learn from its mistakes. It won’t lose many customers if a tweak makes Windows 8 worse. In the process, it can apply everything it learns to build Windows 9. The company is making a lot of changes in Windows 8, and many features that were expected to be included in Windows 9 have made their way to Windows 8.1 Update 1, and the upcoming Update 2. All these things indicate that the software giant wants to get Windows 8 right before talking about Windows 9.