Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) has sent out invites for its September 30 media event. The company will take the wraps off its next-gen Windows 9 Enterprise Technical Preview. The invitation itself has the theme “What’s next for Windows?” Veteran Windows watcher Paul Thurrott said that Windows 8 was even bigger disaster than Windows Vista.
Can Windows 9 get existing users to upgrade?
Windows 8/8.1 failed to entice Windows 7 and XP users to upgrade. And it left hundreds of thousands of enterprise users disappointed. Now, the Redmond-based company is doing everything it can to address those issues. One of the biggest challenges before Windows 9 will be to get the existing users to upgrade to the new OS. It must have some compelling and useful features, with a user-friendly interface.
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Recently leaked screenshots and reports suggest that Windows 9 will be jam-packed with features that improve productivity. According to notorious Russian tipster WZOR, Microsoft has already distributed to the Windows 9 Technical Preview version to several online publications. But they have been strictly prohibited from sharing information or leaking screenshots before the September 30 event.
However, developers and tipsters haven’t shied away from releasing information about Windows 9. According to German website WinFuture, Windows 9 will have a Start menu for the desktop. Russian website PCPortal reports that the Start menu will change its color depending on the dominant color of the desktop’s background.
Windows 9 to help Microsoft regain its lost glory
Moreover, it will have an interactive taskbar that will improve productivity for enterprise users. Windows 9 is also getting the virtual desktops feature that busy executives love. The feature has already been present on other operating systems such as OS X and Ubuntu. But it’s the first time it’s making way to Windows. And then there is the notification center that will work much like the notification center in Windows Phone 8.1. It will show messages classified by apps.
Screenshots leaked by WinFuture show that Microsoft is also adding virtual assistant Cortana to Windows 9. All in all, Windows 9 will be a radical overhaul from its predecessor. It is also getting some useful Windows Phone features such as WiFi Sense and Storage Sense. These new features suggest that Microsoft is doing everything it can to ensure success with Windows 9 and regain its lost glory.