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.