Windows 9 Development ‘Remains On Track’ For 2015 Launch

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Windows 9 Development ‘Remains On Track’ For 2015 Launch
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A few weeks ago, leaked internal documents showed that Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) plans to launch Windows 9 in the second or third quarter of 2015. Now, Neowin.net reports that the development of Windows 9 remains on track. Neowin’s sources said that the software giant’s Windows team has started sharing the new operating system’s development progress with other divisions of the company.

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Cloud version of Windows 9 is in alpha stage

Meanwhile, Windows Phone 8.1 GDR1 has reached the advanced stage of development. This major update to the smartphone operating system is in later stage of internal testing. Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) is preparing to launch it later this year. It is internally named GDR (General Distribution Release), but the software giant may opt for a different name for the update when it’s released. With the upcoming update, Microsoft is expected to introduce the much talked about Cortana voice assistant to Windows Phone.

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Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT)’s current desktop OS Windows 8 will soon see another major update, which may be called Windows 8.2 or Windows 8.1 Update 2. Recent reports suggest at RTM of July, which means we can expect its official release in August or September this year. Leaked internal documents indicate that the Redmond-based company will launch a cloud version of Windows 9, dubbed Windows 365. It is currently in the alpha stage of development. Windows 365 will reportedly be a subscription version.

Windows 9 to be similar to Windows 7 in look and feel

Other reports suggest that Windows 9 will be the central part of Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT)’s future strategy. That means the software giant is planning to unify the Windows platform across desktops, laptops, tablets and smartphones. That will give a single and seamless user experience. Windows 9 is expected to bring a number of new features with heavy emphasis on cloud services. It will include enhanced Windows activation, system protection with Windows Defender, changes to Metro UI, Cortana and OneDrive.

Experts say that Windows 9 will have a look and feel that resembles more with Windows 7 than Windows 8. That’s because desktop users are likely to remain a priority for Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) until touch becomes ubiquitous on notebooks and desktops.

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  1. If MS continues to make Windows with Mobile devices in mind, there is no reason anyone should ever go beyond Windows 7. The slight advances made in Windows 8, fast booting, is greatly overshadowed by the additions of mobile usability that kills PC use. This can be seen by the box sales of the two OSs. Windows 8s numbers are almost all licenses, which means copies of Windows installed on systems/tablets/phones that are sold…more box copies of Windows 7 have been sold since the release of Windows 8, than Windows 8 box copies.
    This means more people are either upgrading from older versions to 7 or uninstalling their 8 for 7 than there are people upgrading to Windows 8. This is not a good sign for MS at all.

    Unless they completely reword the Windows design to be able to use different top-ends like Unix can do, and achieve what Apple does with OSX and the IOS, having two different operating systems for each market yet still having the same base core for compatablity…MS will continue to churn out piss poor operating systems that most people are not going to want to buy. The thing even got so bad that they are giving the phone version of 8 away for FREE now.
    So, they will continue to have poor OS sales. HP already announced a project to create an OS for PCs and hopefully it will open the door to other major companies to finally break the stronghold MS has on the PC and so many are praying its done before its too late. We need OS options now that MS has gone insane trying to make 3 markets act like one market.

  2. Why do you think Microsoft is done in the Operating System Market? Which Desktop or Laptop O.S. would customers (home-users) choose?

  3. This isn’t Windows 9, its Windows 8 version 2.

    You cannot create an OS from scratch is such a short amount of time so all its going to be is Windows 8 with a Windows 7 desktop. Worse yet, its still going to have Windows Defender integrated just like 8 has…a glaring massive security flaw. Didn’t their last 2 critical updates teach them that you should never integrate a virus scanner into your base programming?!? One has a flaw, and a hacker can easily cause a train wreck since the entire system is now in their hands. One of the reasons why Windows 8 has gone from the darling of the IT world with its easy updating to one of the laughing stocks of the IT world for its issues.
    MS is done in the OS market, I just hope they don’t take the PC down in flames with them.

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