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It is well known that the situation with adoption of Microsoft Corp.’s latest Windows 8 operating system is far from rosy. Obviously, this impacts not only Microsoft’s business, but also sales of personal computers by companies like Dell, Hewlett-Packard or Lenovo. A new rumour suggests that the software giant intends to release its next Windows already this November so that to stop losing market share.

WZor, a well-known blog dedicated to Microsoft’s new software and unofficial news about the company with a respectable track-record, recently revealed that according to the data it had obtained, the Redmond, Washington-based software company plans to RTM [release to manufacturing] Windows 9 “Threshold” on the 21st October, 2014. The operating system is projected to be officially released in late November, so PCs featuring the new OS will hit the market this holiday season, if the information is correct.

Previously it was reported that the next-generation Windows is only due in April, 2015. At this year’s Build conference in April, the world’s largest developer of software is expected to formally announce the “Threshold”, present its vision for next-gen Windows and determine its exact feature-set.

The forthcoming Windows 9 code-named “Threshold” will need to strike a right balance between meeting needs of emerging computing devices and over a billion of traditional Windows users, WinSuperSite reported earlier this month. One of the key things to achieve such a balance will be Metro 2.0 user interface that will bring support for windowed mode that works on the desktop. Another expectation is that the Metro 2.0 will bring back Start menu. The new version of Windows will also sport a number of improvements when it comes to controls using keyboard and mouse. Other details regarding the GUI of Windows 9 “Threshold” are not known.

Previously it was reported that Microsoft Windows 9 “Threshold” will be released in several flavours aimed at different types of PCs: traditional version for desktops/laptops; modern version for tablets, smartphones and so on that will lack compatibility with traditional apps for Win32/x86; and enterprise version designed for traditional enterprise users, who need backwards compatibility, support for group policy, device management, solid security and other things. The latter type of Windows “Threshold” will support PCs, tablets and other devices.

The launch of the Windows 9 before the end of the year is a good news for PC makers, some of which are switching back to Windows 7 operating system to sell more systems.

Every piece of information about Windows 9 “Threshold” is unofficial at this point and therefore may be inaccurate. One thing that is clear at this point is that Microsoft wants to release its next-generation OS rather sooner than later. However, considering a very short development time, it remains to be seen how different will Windows 9 compared to Windows 8.1.  

Microsoft did not comment on the news-story.

Tags: Microsoft, Threshold, Windows, Windows 9, Windows 8, ARM, x86

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For God's sake, please get rid of mr. Ballmer as fast as possible. M$ is doomed with him on board.
3 3 [Posted by: TAViX  | Date: 01/22/14 06:16:55 PM]
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Not just Ballmer the whole board and the aged execs who have lost touch with reality. This may include the Gate's and the original clan. Time passes but ideas and the way of doing things doesn't so as those in control age. The organization stagnates and looses touch with reality as reality to-day is very different to the 1980's. Not having trained and encouraged new blood throughout the companies life is a sure way to kill it.
3 1 [Posted by: tedstoy  | Date: 01/22/14 07:08:27 PM]
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So, let him stay as long as possible. Enough M$.
3 1 [Posted by: Tristan  | Date: 01/22/14 07:12:30 PM]
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Ballmer will see this as his personal chance at redemption. He's on a mission to develop "the best Windows ever" and to save face before he bows out of the tech industry. Too bad that November is TOO FAR AWAY. Every day is lost earnings for companies like AMD, Intel, Western Digital, Seagate, Kingston, Corsair, etc. Mr Ballmer should have done like a failed Japanese corporate CEO and honourably suicided - because he had already fallen on his sword.
3 2 [Posted by: linuxlowdown  | Date: 01/22/14 07:34:08 PM]
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Nov 2014 is too early. That would just be a tweaked Win8.

They need to unify metro (winRT) and Windows phone. They also need to upgrade the desktop with an app store + framework.

These are major things that need doing and they can't do them in a few months.
1 1 [Posted by: CSMR  | Date: 01/22/14 08:14:50 PM]
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They already are unifying them, it's just that only C# code would work (C++ would be too system specific) and the WP8 and WinRT APIs are not the same anyway.
1 2 [Posted by: basroil  | Date: 01/23/14 07:16:36 AM]
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Basically what they need to do to make a working Windows 9 is continue the Windows 7 user interface on the Windows 8.1 kernel. That's not going to take more than a few months, and development has probably been on-going for quite a long time.
0 0 [Posted by: lol123  | Date: 01/30/14 02:35:07 PM]
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wow someone at ms finally listened. A traditional desktop and laptop version of a Windows 9 OS. I'm glad that they finally gave up the idea that people wanted their desktops to look like a tablet. Modern UI was almost totally useless when it came to non touch screens. if they finally put back the start menu, ditch modern ui in desktop versions and re introduce an option to enable aero glass and ditch the stupid ribbon menu, I'm onboard, if not I'm sticking with windows 7.
6 2 [Posted by: SteelCity1981  | Date: 01/22/14 09:19:06 PM]
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This is all about Shareholders not making the money they use to Because We All Know that W7 is excellent no reason for W8 in a PC.
5 2 [Posted by: Terry Perry  | Date: 01/22/14 10:58:38 PM]
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No doubt the OEM's of the world who have been bleeding sales due to the travesty that is W8 being foisted upon them by ms would have been applying pressure for a fix sooner rather than later but I have ZERO faith that ms will be able to deliver W9 by October without the usual bugs/breakages

Also W9 should be a free upgrade for the poor souls who paid for W8 either as an 'upgrade', clean instal or pre installed.............but dont hold your breath waiting for ms to come to that party when $ are to be made
6 1 [Posted by: alpha0ne  | Date: 01/23/14 01:15:16 AM]
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Windows 8 is for the Asus T100 or any hybrid of tablet/laptop but not traditional PCs.

I am baffled why they insist on a touchscreen on a laptop, it's just ridiculous. I am trying my best to like and work with it but no, it is just stupid in my opinion.
4 1 [Posted by: zodiacfml  | Date: 01/23/14 01:33:18 AM]
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November is still too far away because all those Win8 pc's are gathering dust.
4 0 [Posted by: USAFANG67  | Date: 01/23/14 02:44:55 AM]
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0 7 [Posted by: basroil  | Date: 01/23/14 07:28:41 AM]
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0 4 [Posted by: basroil  | Date: 01/24/14 12:31:44 AM]
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Consumers didn't have a compelling reason to upgrade to Windows 8, so what's your solution? Quickly spam out N+1 version, now in different flavors! Good luck getting any better consumer adoption with this "next-generation" slop.
1 1 [Posted by: DivideOverflow  | Date: 01/23/14 12:26:37 PM]
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M$ had better make sure that no traces of TIFKAM remain on windows 9! M$ better make sure that the entire Appstore and its runtime, services, APIs, etc. is an OPTIONAL Download and Install , and does not appear in any manner or form inside the windows 9 OS, before the user selects to download and install the TIFKAM Appstore/runtime bloatware, should the user ever be so inclined to do so! Window 7 can run just fine on PC/Laptops until 2020, or later as with XP in the past, should M$ continue this foolishness! It has been hard finding a new CEO for M$, owing to the fact that Ballmer will remain on the board, and unless the bumbling Ballmer is shown the door, M$ will continue its search in vain! Only a wooden boy would take the rudder of M$, while Ballmer remains anywhere near the chain of command!
7 1 [Posted by: BigChiefRunAmok  | Date: 01/23/14 05:40:59 PM]
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Well said.
0 0 [Posted by: lol123  | Date: 01/30/14 02:36:39 PM]
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Agree. However nobody wants to assume responsibility of driving a sinking ship. They already stated long time ago that Win9 will be mostly about cloud integration, meaning almost all the progs will be available only on the cloud, with your personal docs also. How stupid can this be??? I hope they change soon that clown Ballmer, otherwise I have a feeling that Win 7 will be my latest OS from those idiots.
2 0 [Posted by: TAViX  | Date: 01/24/14 10:36:59 AM]
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Copying Google Chrome?
1 0 [Posted by: caring1  | Date: 01/24/14 08:29:25 PM]
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That still looks like a cellphone with keyboard attachment, I want a real desktop, that works when I tell it to, without making me wait for it.
1 0 [Posted by: Zarcondeegrissom .  | Date: 01/25/14 06:39:35 AM]
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