Microsoft To Release Windows 9 In April 2015 [RUMOR]

Microsoft To Release Windows 9 In April 2015 [RUMOR]
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The 2014 Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) BUILD conference is behind us, and news about the company’s plan for Windows is dominating the rumor cloud that surrounds Redmond. It appears that Windows 9 is on the way in the next twelve months, and Microsoft may go further than that in its attempts to reassert operating system dominance.

Windows 8 has not been quite as successful as Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) had hoped, and it seems that the company is going to attempt to force a quicker than usual upgrade cycle. Microsoft seems set to upgrade Windows 8.1 to Windows 8.2 in the third or fourth quarter of 2014. Windows 9 is, according to rumor, going to land in April 2015.

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Microsoft attempts Windows resurgence

Windows 9 is slated to include several features that Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) fans wished had appeared in Windows 8. The start menu, which is missing from early versions of Windows 8 but included in the most recent updates, is expected to be a focus of interaction in Windows 9 after the protests over its omission from Windows 8.

One of the most interesting rumors about Windows 9 is the idea that it might be released as a free operating system. Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) is suddenly competing with two free operating systems from Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG), and the company may try to compete on price. A “Freemium” operating system is a possibility. Microsoft may release a free version that can be upgraded in order to add features.

The Modern, or Metro, interface that Windows 8 based its interaction on may not have been popular with Desktop users, but Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) isn’t giving up on the idea just yet. An updated version, likely including windowed versions of the modern applications, will form the center of Windows 9.

Windows 9 rumors continue to flow

Most of the rumors about Windows 9, and the further plans that Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) has for its Windows ecosystem, come from a single Russian source. WZOR has been a good source of rumors about Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) offerings in the past, and it can be hoped that the most recent speculations about the future of the operating system are true.

Rumors about Windows 9 will continue to build until Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) sets out its vision for the future of the world’s most popular operating system. The company’s future may rely on its next release being a real success. The problems with Windows 8 are likely to lower growth, and rumors of an incoming upgrade may do even more to slow the sales of Windows 8 licenses.

If Windows 9 is indeed due in April of 2015, it is likely that Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) will officially reveal some information about its next desktop OS in the coming months. The buzz suggests that hardware makers and developers might get their hands on the system as soon as next October. If that’s true the system’s secrets won’t stay hidden for very long.

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  1. Windows 8 did some things very wrong, but also some things very right. You should be optimistic because as the article suggests they are planning to implement features the end user has been asking for. Full screen apps and no start menu are the two biggest annoyances in the OS and those are being remedied. Besides, as you said, every bad OS is followed by a good one. :-)

  2. They’re going in the right direction. Recognizing the mistakes they made with Windows 8 and listening to the end user. Looking forward to Windows 9. I’m sure it will be much better than 8.

  3. I think the most important question to ask in not the date of the birth of Windows 9 but rather the date of the death of Windows 9. Microsoft has been hastening the end-of-support dates.
    XP was 13 years; Vista was 10 years; Windows 7 was 9 years; Windows 8 is 10 years.
    Windows 9 will also die won’t it? Has Microsoft released the date yet when Windows 9 will die?

  4. I would like to let you know that Windows blue used to be called Windows 9, but it was not 9th generation Windows Operating System, it was a first major update to Windows 8 called Windows 8.1. The reason why you are not holding your breath on this one was because you understood that Windows blue would be Windows 9 even if it became Windows 8.1 and now you understand that Windows Threshold would be Windows 8.5 which is a second major update to Windows 8 and not 9th generation Windows Operating System.

    Please do not think Windows Threshold is Windows 9 because Windows blue was Windows 8.1 and the next update to Windows 8 would likely be Windows 8.5 (Windows 8 SP2). I really recommend you to wait and move on until Build 2015 comes and Microsoft announces 9th generation Windows Operating System which is not Windows 8.5.

  5. I really fail to understand Windows “doing away with” the mouse / keyboard environment. Did they not realize the UI was terrible for work places? I like desktops and a big azz monitor so I can put the keyboard on my lap and CHILL. i do not like hunching over to swipe a screen, nor do I like holding, or propping a tablet up.

  6. They are coming out with windows 9 because 8 is a complete failure, just as Vista was!! Follow them back for the last 20 or so years. Every other operating system seems to be in their plan. We will see about windows 9 but I’m not holding my breath on this one!

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