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    Windows 9, April 2015

    Source: WinSupersite

    At the BUILD developer conference in April 2014, Microsoft will discuss its vision for the future of Windows, including a year-off release codenamed "Threshold" that will most likely be called Windows 9. Here's what I know about the next major release of Windows.
    Windows 9. To distance itself from the Windows 8 debacle, Microsoft is currently planning to drop the Windows 8 name and brand this next release as Windows 9. That could change, but that's the current thinking.

    BUILD vision announcement. In case it's not obvious that the Sinofsky era is over, Microsoft will use BUILD to provide its first major "vision" announcement for Windows since, yes, Longhorn in 2003. Don't expect anything that grandiose, but the Windows team believes it needs to hit a happy middle ground between the KGB-style secrecy of the Sinofsky camp and the freewheeling "we can do it all" days that preceded that. As important, the firm understands that customers need something to be excited about.

    No bits at BUILD. Microsoft will not be providing developers with an early alpha release of "Threshold" at BUILD, and for a good reason: The product won't even begin development until later that month. Right now, Microsoft is firming up which features it intends to deliver in this release.

    Metro 2.0. Maturing and fixing the "Metro" design language used by Windows will be a major focus area of Threshold. It's not clear what changes are coming, but it's safe to assume that a windowed mode that works on the desktop is part of that.

    Three milestones. Microsoft expects to deliver three milestone releases of "Threshold" before its final release. It's unclear what these releases will be called (Beta, Release Candidate, etc.) or which if any will be provided to the public.

    April 2015 release. Microsoft is currently targeting April 2015 for the release of Windows 9 "Threshold."
    Also...

    Windows 8.1 Update 1 reportedly arriving via Windows Update, not via the Windows Store « WinBeta

    According to details from WZOR, a Microsoft leaker, and corroborated by long-time Microsoft insider Paul Thurrott, the company will be rolling out Windows 8.1 Update 1 RTM in March of this year. General availability of the update will be in April, just in time for the BUILD Developer conference taking place between April 2nd and April 4th.

    However, one of the most important tidbits revealed by WZOR include the idea that Microsoft will roll out this update not via the Windows Store, rather, via the old-fashioned Windows Update. Available to current Windows 8.1 users as a free update, the means of acquiring said update will be improved compared to Windows 8.1's initial roll out.
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    All the more reason not to deploy Windows 8 then!

    I find this quote interesting:
    Windows 9. To distance itself from the Windows 8 debacle, Microsoft is currently planning to drop the Windows 8 name and brand this next release as Windows 9. That could change, but that's the current thinking.
    I question whether Microsoft will create a new brand name and drop 'Windows 9' as the final product name? Time will tell!

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    I think the Microsoft naming of patches/updates will just get forever more confusing!

    Windows 8
    Windows 8.1
    Windows 8.1 Update 1

    Just call it 8.2, 8.3 etc... if you're going to release Windows 9 next year!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael View Post
    I think the Microsoft naming of patches/updates will just get forever more confusing!
    The upgrade process is a bit convoluted if the rumour above is true.

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    Windows 8 » KB2871389 (Windows Update) » Windows 8.1 (Windows Store) » Windows 8.1 Update 1 (Windows Update?)
    If Microsoft make Windows 9 free for consumers (like Apple has done with Mavericks) or free for people already running Windows 8/Windows 8.1 then there's a chance they might make it available through the Windows Store.

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    Windows 8 » KB2871389 (Windows Update) » Windows 8.1 (Windows Store) » Windows 8.1 Update 1 (Windows Update?) » Windows 9 (Windows Store?)
    Quote Originally Posted by Michael View Post
    Just call it 8.2, 8.3 etc...
    Update 1 wouldn't be a major update, so they can't call it 8.2.
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    Slow down!!! We can't keep up!!!

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    Here we go again, will Windows 9 be the new Windows 7?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vasriel View Post
    Here we go again, will Windows 9 be the new Windows 7?
    Prefer it to be like 7.1 rather than 8.3.6.5.3

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    So we should expect Windows 8.x to join the ranks of ME and Vista then I assume?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gatt View Post
    So we should expect Windows 8.x to join the ranks of ME and Vista then I assume?
    As with Vista (SP2 onwards), Windows 8.1 ain't as bad as people make it out to be.

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    Won't somebody think of the Start Menu/desktop!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dos_Box View Post
    Won't somebody think of the Start Menu/desktop!!!!
    Previous rumours for "Threshold" suggest that the Start Menu will make a comeback.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arthur View Post
    As with Vista (SP2 onwards), Windows 8.1 ain't as bad as people make it out to be.
    Agreed on both counts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sparkeh View Post
    Previous rumours for "Threshold" suggest that the Start Menu will make a comeback.
    It will be interesting to see if the Start Menu is an Enterprise only feature.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dos_Box View Post
    Won't somebody think of the Start Menu/desktop!!!!
    I hope the SM gets a rebirth!
    The Desktop isn't so bad

    But most of all I want TIFKAM to be taken out back and have every pixel, every line of code shredded so it can darken our devices again....

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    Quote Originally Posted by sparkeh View Post
    Previous rumours for "Threshold" suggest that the Start Menu will make a comeback.
    I would like to see the option between Metro and the start menu, but i seriously doubt it.

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