Unfortunately for Microsoft, Windows 8 popularity was at Vista levels. Sure, it is a design masterpiece, but you can truly appreciate the shapes, colors and transition animations only on a touch screen device. For regular desktop and laptop Windows users, the Metro style seems pointless at best and frustrating at worst. However, this is an old story, which was partly resolved with the 8.1 update.
Probably Microsoft wants us to get over Windows 8 as fast as possible, as after only two full years of service, the company announces its successor. Microsoft Windows 9 will allegedly be presented at the end of September. The next Windows version will be named ‘Threshold’, but we all know that we are talking about Windows 9.
If we would count every device with an OS, Android clearly seats at the top. However, most desktop and laptop computers run Windows. Many public and private institutions run a Windows version. Gartner warned a week ago that institutions should plan ahead the next OS upgrade. Windows 7 reaches its end of life cycle in 2020, but what happened this April when Microsoft stopped supporting XP must be avoided.
Microsoft Windows 9 will feature the intelligent personal assistant Cortana
The Verge released some info about a potential launching event taking place on September 30th. The date is not final yet. So what can we expect from the new OS version? One change seems to be a revamping of the start menu. There were a couple of leaked images of it running around the Internet a month ago. The next Windows version is going to be more keyboard and mouse friendly. If that is true, we suspect many Windows fans will skip Windows 8 and jump from 7 to 9 directly.
Another important feature of Microsoft Windows 9 will be the disappearance of the Charms bar. Some other design changes are expected as well. Another exciting feature will be the integration of Microsoft’s personal digital assistant, Cortana. Microsoft Windows 9 desktop and laptop users will benefit from Cortana after Windows Phone 8.1 users already got the chance to check out the new feature. As the feature is still in beta testing mode, it is not clear yet if Cortana will be available in the preview version, the Verge notes.
During the same event, Microsoft is expected to present as well a combined version of Windows RT and Windows Phone.