Microsoft is about to start development of another Windows operating system that would debut in April 2015, according to some new reports.
While this is indeed good news for those who wanted to get more improvements for the Windows machines as soon as possible, it’s also another sign that those already on Windows 8.1 might not get another update beside the one prepared for this April.
In just three months at the BUILD developer conference, Microsoft will officially introduce the so-called Windows 8.1 Update 1, which is a large update for the current Windows 8.1 version that’s expected to bring several performance improvements and new features.
More like a service pack, this new update will be offered free of charge to Windows 8.1 users and is believed to be offered via Windows Update to avoid any potential problems with the store.
As far as Windows 9 is concerned, the April 2015 launch makes a potential Windows 8.2 update very unlikely, especially because Redmond seems to be trying to stick to a yearly release cycle for its large Windows updates.
Windows 8.1 was officially launched one year after the debut of Windows 8, so it’s only natural to expect another large update either later this year or in early 2015. Given the debut of Windows 9, however, it’s unlikely to see another update for 8.1, so chances are that everyone would have to migrate to a newer operating system as soon as early 2015.
As far as features are concerned, Windows 9 is expected to come with Metro 2.0, an improved touch interface that would be specifically aimed at tablets. Sources claim that it would be possible to run Metro apps on the desktop in their very own windows, which would thus boost the popularity of this new environment until now preferred by tablet users.