Report: Windows 9 Coming in April 2015

Windows 8 is Microsoft’s new Vista and it hopes to make up for that major OS gaffe with Windows 9 in April 2015.

That’s according to Paul Thurrott’s SuperSite for Windows, which claims that Microsoft will unveil plans for its new OS, project “Threshold,” at the BUILD 2014 developer conference in April. It’s all firmly in the rumor category for now, but Thurrott has long been a leading voice in Windows coverage, and given the response to Win 8, it’s likely MS is gearing up to quickly take a Windows 7-like step forward.

Thurrott says that Microsoft is still outlining the feature set for Windows 9 and will officially begin development shortly after it’s announced, targeting an April 2015 release. He does note that his anonymous sources say Windows 9 will feature the return of the Start menu and the ability to run Metro-style apps on the desktop alongside desktop applications.

“In some ways, the most interesting thing about Threshold is how it recasts Windows 8 as the next Vista,” Thurrott writes. “It’s an acknowledgment that what came before didn’t work, and didn’t resonate with customers. And though Microsoft will always be able to claim that Windows 9 wouldn’t have been possible without the important foundational work they had done first with Windows 8—just as was the case with Windows 7 and Windows Vista—there’s no way to sugarcoat this. Windows 8 has set back Microsoft, and Windows, by years, and possibly for good.”

Windows 9, if it is indeed coming in early 2015, could potentially have a big impact on gaming. Microsoft began taking its first steps to a closed system with Win 8, a move that prompted Valve to create a Linux-powered Steam OS. Will MS change its Apple-like course with Win 9 and ensure PC gaming remains an open platform? A modified version of Win 8 is also powering the Xbox One. So if MS is making major changes to its OS, it’s likely the console will also get a significant system overhaul.

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11 Comments on Report: Windows 9 Coming in April 2015

R.J.

On January 13, 2014 at 9:44 am

If this turns out to be true, then it sounds good. I feel like MS jumped the gun when it decided that everyone just wanted apps and touchscreen interfaces rather than the more traditional format. Even with the changes they’ve made, it does seem similar to Vista where it was quite difficult to get anyone to get on board, even with updates, and the only thing that dug them out of that hole was releasing a new OS.

Foehunter82

On January 13, 2014 at 11:37 am

Microsoft has a history of selling beta testware operating systems, finding out that their presumptions about their userbase were completely wrong, and then scaling back on the next “Full Release” operating system. Trust me, within the next ten years, we’ll see a 98/2000/ME/NT sort of release where they release a new operating system every year to confuse users as to which one is the beta.

Microsoft should not be doing the exclusivity thing with PC. They do that, I’m out. I can’t recall the last Microsoft game I actually bought (probably Halo, but I don’t know). The truth is, Microsoft is trying to mimic Apple a little too much, even going so far as Bill Gates stepping down to do philanthropy work. He’s actually trying to set himself up for a “triumphant return” to save the company just what happened with Steve Jobs with Apple. The difference is, Bill Gates is engineering the situation to copy Steve Jobs, while Steve Jobs went through the events over the normal course of life.

I play PC games to avoid the craptacular exclusivity thing that consoles do.

SupremeAllah

On January 13, 2014 at 12:36 pm

Well the difference between the two men is Gates stepped down to do philanthropy work, Jobs stepped down to form another company that failed. That’s what prompted his return to Apple.

Also, Jobs was no philanthropist. He was a piece of shlt human being.

bob

On January 13, 2014 at 2:29 pm

this article and it’s source has bull written all over it

Foehunter82

On January 13, 2014 at 2:40 pm

Well, technically, they kind of both have the same issue: the idea for a graphical user interface was actually developed by a couple of guys that worked at Kinkos. Jobs stole the idea from them, and Gates stole it from him.

Truth be told, Gates is every bit as bad a Jobs was. Gates, as I understand it, would tell his people what he wanted, they’d fail to deliver a product 100% to his specifications, and then he’d proceed to berate everyone for it. Frankly, Gates himself probably only delivered on one or two successful products, and leeched off of everyone else for profit.

I imagine Jobs was probably pretty much the same. After all, you need only remember his words: “Good artists create, great artists steal,” to see the type of person he was.

The current guy running Microsoft was a cola guy, I think. The guy that had taken over Apple for a time was a cola guy. Jobs had a “triumphant return” to Apple (probably due to his failed second company, as you said). Gates will likely have his “triumphant return” during or shortly after Windows 9′s release. At most, I give it no more than five years before this return happens.

On the Microsoft front itself, I’ve read that people working there are told that out of every ten of them, one person is great, two are good, and the rest have no future, or something to that effect.

rickshaw

On January 13, 2014 at 4:23 pm

I have never had any worries with Win8, I’ll except anything that they see as an update, as Windows is the system that has allowed so many people and business’s to freely develop there ideas and not be held to a locked in environment like apple.
The PC wouldn’t be a PC without windows.. so thanks Microsoft. :)

JawaEsteban

On January 13, 2014 at 5:22 pm

I’ll believe it when I see it. Possible, but remember this is the same company that recently had the brilliant idea to mandate an online connection for the XBOne, and only reluctantly let go of it after Sony basically bent them over a barrel in public. I haven’t seen anything recently, other than Win8′s exceedingly poor adoption rate (compared to Win7), to make me think that MS has managed to realize the degree to which it has become out of touch with a sizable portion of users.

Also, at the risk of feeding what might be a troll, Win8 is by far the most ‘locked-in’ OS of recent years, @rickshaw. See commentary from Gabe Newell on this subject. If MS keeps going in this direction, Gabe is going to owe MS a really nice fruit basket come Christmas, because MS will have basically jump-started adoption of Steam OS.

Foehunter82

On January 13, 2014 at 6:09 pm

@JawaEsteban: Agreed. It sounds like Microsoft is trying to consolize the PC. That’s a big mistake, as it will drive away Windows users. Personally, I’ll probably switch over to Linux after Windows 7, unless Microsoft makes some pretty drastic changes to its business and development strategy.

Huntsman06

On January 13, 2014 at 6:57 pm

Forget the entire article and just focus on the comment about windows 8 being the next vista. It’s true! Although they are for different reasons. Vista was bad in ways that people consider it just “bad”. In fact many actually skipped vista and stayed with XP because it could behave so broken at times, although vista did have one attribute that XP just couldn’t compete; it looked good.

Windows 8 on the other end of the spectrum, if you take time to learn it’s interface and became proficient with it, it’s Microsoft’s fastest more secure operating system. Although, onto the bad, people dislike the interface because (until you take the time to learn it) it’s different and hard to use at first.

With any luck, Windows 9 will come and be the next fastest, most secure OS Microsoft has made AND it will have all the usability, so that even your grandma who still hates the idea of a mobile telephone could sit down and use it.

Kalstrand

On January 13, 2014 at 7:14 pm

@rickshaw I have 2 problems with Win8. I don’t like the tablet interface for a desktop, but that’s minor. The biggest issue and one everyone overlooks in the we want our start menu back cries is that Microsoft is taking the first steps to lock windows down just like apple. I think that might be Microsoft’s plan. The UI and lack of a start menu take all the press and outrage while their steps to lock windows down goes unnoticed.

SXO

On January 14, 2014 at 7:24 am

I’m with Kalstrand. The UI change, while jarring, isn’t the worst thing about Windows 8. It’s Microsoft’s attempt to lock everything down like Apple’s OS. In fact, THAT very thing is what made Gabe Newell complain about Windows 8, and the potentially terrible effect it can have on gaming.