Can Another Windows Version Save Microsoft?

by CXOtoday News Desk    Jan 13, 2014


Microsoft has a short-term plan and a long-term plan. The short-term plan is that the software giant is focusing on Windows Phone and Xbox One and is currently working on an ”Update 1″ for Windows 8.1, all of it to be showcased at Microsoft’s annual Build conference in April this year. However, as part of its bigger plans for the future of Windows, the company is looking to launch Windows 9 under the codename “Threshold.”Analysts are keen whether another new version of Windows Microsoft is going to be a last try to save the imploding PC market, which is witnessing a quarter-on-quarter decline in sales.

According to well-known Windows reporter Paul Thurrott, the Windows 9 release date is on the cards for early 2015, but Microsoft is likely to unveil its vision for Windows 9 at the company’s Build 2014 developer conference in April.

Windows 9 - the next major Windows release will have some distinctive changes from its predecessor, mentioned Thurrott in his blog. Threshold will bring a number of major changes to Windows 8, such as the return of the Start Menu and the beginning of a converged platform encompassing Windows Phone and Windows RT. The company is also working on delivering a single app store across Xbox, Windows Phone and Windows, he believes.

He mentions that ‘Threshold’ will likely be titled Windows 9 to ‘distance the company from the Windows 8 debacle” because The interim Windows’ 8.1 update is expected soon and the company sure does need to bring back the excitement in its operating system just as it was during the days of Vista. It is obvious that Windows 8 was not well received by consumers and the company needed something to bring back the Windows excitement.

Threshold’ is said to feature the ability to run modern apps on the desktop and bring the return of the Start menu. Thurrott says “Windows 8 is tanking harder than Microsoft is comfortable discussing in public, and the latest release, Windows 8.1, which is a substantial and free upgrade with major improvements over the original release, is in use on less than 25 million PCs at the moment. That’s a disaster, and Threshold needs to strike a better balance between meeting the needs of over a billion traditional PC users while enticing users to adopt this new Windows on new types of personal computing devices.”

According to a report published in The Verge, the new OS will reportedly include a major focus on improving Microsoft’s new app world and tiles. The software maker is currently in the final planning stages for Windows 9 and work is expected to begin after the Build 2014 developer conference in April. Windows enthusiasts can therefore pin some hopes on  Microsoft will use Build 2014 as a launch point for its vision of Windows 9, detailing some of the planned changes in an attempt to generate excitement around the company’s future plans.