Windows 9 Is Coming: No Start Button, Launch Date in November 2014
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Windows 8 is quite a new operating system and even if it hit the market in October, Microsoft is already working on two major upgrades.
The first of them is reportedly called Windows Blue and may arrive as soon as this summer in the form of a Windows 8 upgrade available at absolutely no cost, while the second is the full Windows 8 successor, apparently baptized Windows 9.
As usual, Microsoft doesn’t talk on its future projects, so there’s no confirmation on this, but sources familiar with the matter claim that Windows 9 will most likely see daylight next year.
According to a recent report
, Microsoft would release the first Windows 9 beta version on January 7, 2014, while the first release candidate may see daylight in July 2014.
If everything goes according to the plan, Windows 9 RTM could be finalized in October 2014, while the public release would take place in November.
If this is true, Windows 9 would arrive at approximately two years after its predecessor, but with a major upgrade rolled out between the two releases.
As far as the Windows 9 features go, sources familiar with the matter suggest that Microsoft won’t bring back the Start button
, but instead, it would focus on developing the Start Screen and adding more configuration options.
As a result, third-party Start menu apps would be users’ only chance to make Windows a more familiar working environment, but Microsoft expects all consumers to get used to the Start Screen by the time Windows 9 hits the market.
As we said, these are all rumors, so we should take them with a grain of salt until Microsoft steps in front of the media and says something about the Windows 8 successor. The good news is that work has already started on Windows 9, so it’s just a matter of time until we hear more about it.
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|Comment #1 by: Real Talk on 02 Mar 2013, 19:51 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Microsoft show bring back the full version retail product for the convenient for PC consumers! In the New Windows 9 They should have , Home version full or upgrade version , Pro version full or upgrade version to choose from. If the full version is less expensive a bit I believe people go full version. I brought my Windows 7 full retail year ago because I like the convenient of full version!
|Comment #1.1 by: RojBlake on 18 Mar 2013, 05:32 GMT|
I have to agree that we need a standard layout. I have Windows 8 and have 3rd party apps to make it feel like Windows 7. More stable and no compatibility problems, Windows 9 needs to allow us to choose the look we want.
|Comment #2 by: mikemoo on 02 Mar 2013, 19:59 UTC|| reply to this comment|
I'm still on XP and happy....who cares?
|Comment #2.1 by: Alex on 07 Mar 2013, 15:16 GMT|
Yes anyone, I also still on XP
|Comment #2.2 by: Raman on 08 Mar 2013, 17:07 GMT|
^ Thumbs up to both of you. (great said mikemoo :D) Greetings from my heart. I too love XP. ^
|Comment #2.3 by: Windows20 on 10 Mar 2013, 18:28 GMT|
I'm on Windows 7 and I'm happy. You should've upgraded to Windows 7. You can now buy that online.
|Comment #2.4 by: myworldia on 14 Mar 2013, 22:25 GMT|
I use windows 7 and Windows XP SP3. I like the start menu and taking it away was a big mistake on microsofts part.
|Comment #2.5 by: Sys on 07 May 2013, 00:50 GMT|
Windows is stopping support on XP...so we won't have any new security updates or anything...they're trying to get everyone to move to the "glass/transparency look" in windows 7 and 8
|Comment #2.6 by: DomRatte on 16 May 2013, 15:27 GMT|
I'd be on XP but 4way crossfireX workarounds are annoying so windows 8 it is. When I mean 4 way I mean 4 physical cards I tried and tried in xp and was unsuccessful and i7 are like 2 decades ahead of the OS so I guess XP has its place in business pc's.
|Comment #2.7 by: hamed on 05 Jun 2013, 17:49 GMT|
What do you think Microsoft is producing so much upgrade to new "Windows"s? So closely?
1- They want to make money; "Microsoft says 100 million Windows 8 licenses have shipped to OEMs." They sell you a little difference and you make Bill Gates and his company richer.
2- They want to force you to upgrade to new ones (that this will make money for them again) this way: when you're on Windows 7 and then they say new windows released, you'll say that's OK, I'm still on the road. After that soon another Windows comes out and you think I really need a new one, I'm getting out of date! A fake needing feeling that isn't REALLY require. What are differences between Word 2007, 2010 and 2013? They are slightly different. You can still do everything you need with Word 2003.
By the way, A Windows is not solely a operating system, it has updates, other softwares, and hardwares and needs computers, laptops, tablets, etc. you need to buy beside.
Ask those who really do something important with their computers, engineering, calculating, film production, making music, Internet and website maintaining, picture edition, paper and letter jobs, etc, etc. What are they working with? Their needs is specially in the older Operating Systems. They work perfect with those. They don't need a computer with touch capability, do they?
Bill Gates is now again the richest man in the world, thanks to selling you new "Windows"s!
|Comment #3 by: pluizebol on 03 Mar 2013, 17:51 UTC|| reply to this comment|
It looks like Windows 9 (much like Windows 8) will be again an OS for social network users and gamers.
It is very useful to know because I don't have to wait for it, and I can already start looking for a useful replacement for professional Windows 7 users.
Thanks for this article Softpedia.
|Comment #3.1 by: Gamer1 on 02 Apr 2013, 15:38 GMT|
Console gamers maybe.....
Windows 8 is horrible for games
|Comment #5 by: Cyclops on 04 Mar 2013, 12:21 UTC|| reply to this comment|
So, let's get this straight, Microsoft are not satisfied with producing one, 'LEMON', they have to go one better, by going 'viral'.
Bye Bye M$.
|Comment #5.1 by: groberts116 on 08 Mar 2013, 20:38 GMT|
Wow your good. You haven't seen the next upgrade and already know you don't like it.
|Comment #6 by: Cyclops on 12 Mar 2013, 19:28 UTC|| reply to this comment|
'groberts116'....I am 'good', I read what they(Microsoft)say, erh. 'NO 'START BUTTON'...get it?
|Comment #6.1 by: skitty on 01 Apr 2013, 00:57 GMT|
i do video production and graphics designing, windows 8 is just a bother to me, what happens to all the people who rely on the start bar, as far as i see windows heading more to the mobile touch screen crap, i would like to see editors use touch screen only to apply effects to footage in after effects for example, all day long, well i build my own workstations, and i go with windows, but if they not thinking about us, well i will still build my own workstation, but it will be hackintosh for me, and forget about windows, they will see how much they lose when everyone like me start to think about crossing over to osx. let them fool around, they the ones who stand to lose, not me.
|Comment #7 by: Ad on 15 Mar 2013, 04:47 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Looks like Microsoft have decided that they know best - and don't want to listen to a vast number of their customers. I guess Microsoft are betting that they have time up their sleeves to force their new path down their customers throats (both those who like and dislike) due to most customers (especially businesses) inability to change due to existing / customised software requirements.
I now find Apple is more familiar with me to work with than Windows 8 - or Server 2012 for that instance.
|Comment #8 by: Joe plumber on 17 Mar 2013, 01:30 UTC|| reply to this comment|
microsoft is so stupid! I think somone should just jump on the band wagon and write a better OS than stupid microsoft. People are tired of being told what they should like from microsoft instead of getting something they actually like and want. FU Microsoft
|Comment #9 by: Fal on 18 Mar 2013, 16:45 UTC|| reply to this comment|
A lot of people who originally boycotted windows 8 have actually gone to windows 8 and used a third party start menu because in a whole, minus the metro desk top, it's a better OS than 7. This has clouded the figures and makes Win 8 look more successful than it would be if they stuck to saying "No thank you". So. If it is successful, why change it? I have well over 250 ap's installed on my computer, I don't want to have to brows for them on the metro desktop :/
|Comment #10 by: neo_on on 21 Mar 2013, 12:36 UTC|| reply to this comment|
i used all windows,,, but for me most useful and convenient is windows 7 ultimate. I luv win7 n start menu too :) Y to go for win8 or win9 as start menu is not there ? Microsoft is now doing full of mistake to making os in hurry !
|Comment #11 by: Putu83 on 09 Apr 2013, 06:28 UTC|| reply to this comment|
why all the fuss about no Start button? i don't get it.. you can still search what you want using the Search function via Charms bar. Windows 8 is fun! What I like most: boot under 3 secs. My Windows 7 used to take longer than that.
|Comment #12 by: Billy on 16 Apr 2013, 18:45 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Guess I won't be buying another windows based computer ever :( I was really hoping they learned their lesson after Vista and when people revolted at windows 8 they'd bring back the laptop functionality and the start menu but looks like I'll have to switch to apple which I've always said I'd never do but I didn't think MS would screw up laptops this bad
|Comment #13 by: 2xy on 08 May 2013, 15:36 UTC|| reply to this comment|
The reason MS will not bring back the start button is they want to sell advertizing. To do this they need to deliver a known audience count. So they need to capture everyone on a screen where they have some control over the content. The live tiles are the vehicle to deliver this advertizing in an accountable way to generate revenue. MS knows that the juggernaut of revenue its competitors are generating is coming from advertising. Just as licensing of software was the cash cow over producing hardware; delivering advertizing is the cash cow over selling software. They see the shift. They want in. They are not stupid. They are just not creative. They drive all their creative people away. They have become the new "IBM" of the past.
|Comment #14 by: RitaCeleste on 07 Jun 2013, 18:46 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Well, I won't be waiting for it. I want to be able to open more than one window at a time on my HD screen. I'm getting familiar with Opensource software on windows 7. I've dualbooted Ubuntu onto my computer. My next computer will likely be linux only. I had hoped windows 9 would be something that would make me happy to stay with windows so I could use programs like Reaper on it. It looks like me and windows will have to part ways when I have to get a new computer.
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