Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) is busy cleaning up the internal builds of Windows 9 ahead of the technical preview release on September 30. The new OS is expected to bring several new features such as virtual desktops, Cortana, Start menu, an improved taskbar and unified app store. Rumors of a massive overhaul have raised expectations. So much so that PC vendors want Microsoft to release it much earlier than the expected April 2015 launch.
OEMs expect Microsoft to launch Windows 9 in time for Christmas
Russian leaker WZOR (via Myce.com) says PC vendors are disappointed that Microsoft will launch Windows 9 after the Christmas and New Year’s. Most people make purchases during the holiday shopping season, so the following quarter is traditionally dull. Many Asian hardware vendors are so unhappy with the Redmond-based company’s plans that they are contemplating to cut production of Windows PCs and tablets.
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Microsoft is in talks with hardware manufacturers to find a solution, said WZOR. The company may, for PCs that will be sold before Christmas, pre-load new PCs with Windows 8.1 and offer a free upgrade to Windows 9 when the new OS arrives. But that wouldn’t soothe OEMs. WZOR reports that many vendors are planning to pre-install Windows 9 RTM Escrow (the pre-release version), which may help them sell more devices.
Windows 9 Enterprise to ditch Metro UI
WZOR reported earlier this week that the enterprise version of Windows 9 won’t have Metro UI as it will be targeted at enterprise users who find the Metro interface irritating. Microsoft has released a special build of Windows 9 Enterprise (Technical Preview) to testers. Reports suggest that the software giant won’t release the test version of Windows 9 Pro OEM.
What’s more, WZOR said that Microsoft will offer some nice incentives to get existing users to upgrade to Windows 9. The software giant may even give the new OS away for free. Even if it is available through a special offer, the price will be minimal, around $20. WZOR has an excellent track record of providing reliable sneak peeks into Microsoft’s upcoming products.