Microsoft is on the threshold of the next version of it Windows operating system, codenamed Threshold, though when it’s introduced to the world — probably this coming April — it will likely be called Windows 9. However, Windows 9 probably won’t begin to be shipped until April 2015.
If you’re one of those who are less than happy with Windows 8, the new operating system, Windows 9, is meant to appeal to you, and attract you back into the Microsoft fold.
One way that Threshold, or Windows 9, will try to do this, according to tech blogger Paul Thurrott on Supersite for Windows, is by integrating Metro applications as icons on your desktop. Also, Thurrott believes that Windows 9 will have a similar start menu to Windows 7 and older versions of Windows.
One of the Metro features that’s expected will be updated is the touch interface MetroNotro, a signature feature of Windows 8/8.1. Also, the Metro language will probably be fixed and be made more user-friendly.
The name Windows 9 is not necessarily set in stone. At the Build 2014 conference in San Francisco, California, sometime around the beginning of April 2014, Microsoft will introduce to developers what they’re calling “three milestone releases.” These three releases will occur over a twelve-month period after the conference.
Like with past Windows beta versions, the three milestone releases may be available for testing and fine-tuning to the public.
If Windows 9 is introduced to the public at the Build 2014 Conference this April, it could be that Microsoft is thinking about treating Windows 8 like they did Windows Vista, in that it will have a relatively short lifespan.
While it’s true that Microsoft is developing an update to Windows 8.1, and it is going to possibly be introduced to the public also in April 2014, it will likely be a combination feature set and service pack update. This update to Windows 8.1 will probably be meant just to be delivered and installed as an update to Windows 8.1 computers and it’s unlikely it will be sold in the Windows Store.
Threshold will mark the first major Windows release since the Microsoft reorganization took place and Terry Myerson, the Windows operating systems group vice president, began overseeing the development of Windows systems. Previously, he had headed up the Windows Phone group.
The three milestone releases might refer to the updates that are expected to follow the introduction of Threshold — namely, the Xbox One, Windows Phone, and Windows operating systems platforms.
Metro has become not only a disliked but a hated interface by many users and developers, in part because users and developers had become so familiar with the older Windows desktop appearance. In a way, it’s unusual to see that it might continue on in any form at all with Windows 9.
Windows 8/8.1 was met with a lukewarm market interest. They both had just a 13 percent combined market share by the start of January.
Microsoft hasn’t yet begun developing Threshold, or Windows 9. The company wants to complete the work it’s doing on its feature set first, then begin working on Windows 9 in April.
Microsoft is counting on Threshold, or Windows 9, helping them to recapture some of the market share that Windows 8/8.1 cost them. If the new OS pays off for Microsoft, they could be on a literal threshold of growth, and continue to be a giant of the tech industry.
Written by: Douglas Cobb