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Windows 9 preview expected this autumn

Luke Johnson


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The Windows 9 preview could follow another Windows 8.1 update

A Windows 9 preview could launch this autumn ahead of the operating system’s full release in 2015, latest reports have suggested.

With Windows 9 currently doing the rounds under the codename ‘Threshold’, it has been suggested that the Windows 8 replacement will be given a public preview later this year.

It is also believed that the software will be primarily targeted at those still using the Windows 7 OS.

Citing unnamed insider sources, ZDNet has suggested that a Windows 9 beta could just be a matter of months from being handed a public outing.

Before Threshold is released next spring, Microsoft is expected to deliver a public preview of the Threshold release, most likely in the fall of 2014,” the reports stated.

The existing Windows 8 OS has split consumers, with many put off by the platform’s tile-based Metro UI.

Although recent Windows 8.1 updates have gone some way to making Windows 8 more accessible to traditional Windows users – returning the much missed Start button – it is believed that Windows 9 will further revert to type and appease users of old.

According to the claimed insiders: “The Threshold OS will look and work differently based on hardware type.”

Despite being just a couple of months from its expected arrival, the Windows 9 preview will not be Microsoft’s next OS release.

A final Windows 8.1 update is expected to be introduced before the Redmond-based company moves to its next operating system, although it has been claimed this introduction could be pushed out quietly.

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Prem Desai

July 1, 2014, 11:02 pm

Don't understand the issue with windows 8. Works just fine, is stable and fast.

Also don't understand why people are moaning about the lack of the start button. There are so many alternatives. People moaned when the start button was introduced in windows 95. What a life!!!!


July 2, 2014, 12:09 am

I'm using windows 8.1 on my desktop, simple because i wanted to see for myself if windows 8.1 improved upon windows 8. I mean there are things i like and things i dont really like which i woun't go into details as i would be repeating what others have said already.

Just make windows 9 as fast as windows 8 and keep it to a desktop environment, simple because i dont feel the "metro"/"tile" brings any advantage at all to the desktop.

A start menu with the live tiles does look practicle to be fair, It would be interesting to see an updated start menu! (like the mock up version that is doing the rounds on the web)


July 2, 2014, 9:52 am

where's service pack three for windows 7!


July 2, 2014, 12:50 pm

I think Microsoft is missing an opportunity if they think that they should be targeting the existing Windows 7 users, they should be targeting the vast number of business users like myself who are still using XP simply because there is nothing better available.

We just want a nice stable platform that works perfectly in a networked environment, just like XP does, otherwise there is no point in moving.

It's only the end users who like all those pretty pictures and icons and touch screen capability which is an overhead on processing and not necessary for the business user where it's the application that matters and not a glitzy OS.

Also from a techy point of view, XP was easy to administer and fault find, Windows 7 & 8 are a nightmare.

A lot of businesses have lost patience with Microsoft and have already moved to Linux, so I hope that Microsoft gets it right this time.

If Microsoft want to win over those XP users then they they have to persuade them that Windows 9 is just as good and easy to use and offer it at a 'can't refuse' price.


July 2, 2014, 2:04 pm

Windows 8.1 is a great operating system, I admit the first release was restricted but since 8.1 update 1, I would say it is suited for business and end user use, People have to adapt quicker and stop living in the past. The metro part of Windows 8.1 is mainly for touchscreen use, if you don't use the Metro stay on the desktop, which is pretty much the same as Windows 7 but quicker.


July 2, 2014, 10:23 pm

I think the biggest problem with Microsoft and the OS, is plain and simple.. Price!!.
The world has changed, ordering direct from Microsoft for standard Windows 8.1 is £99, that's a lot of Apps for IOS / Android etc. When more & more of what most people require can also be done in the Cloud it's even harder to justify. I'm a software developer, and more & more of the type's of software we appear to be writing is Web Based, and as such it doesn't matter what the client uses, Android / Linux / MaxOS etc etc,. It really is hard to see what £99 is getting you, the price really should be in the £25 mark, after all that's what Apple charge, why is Microsoft expecting more???..

Michael Gates

July 3, 2014, 6:24 am

Apple's Mavericks OS update was free, and far superior to Windows 8.1! Yosemite the next OS update due in October will also be free and from what has been previewed will put the MacOS light years ahead of Windows.


July 3, 2014, 9:59 am

Well updates for Microsoft & Apple are both free. I don't think 8.1 cost anything to update. I updated from Leopard to Lion on the first unibody macbook and that of course did cost, but it's like new and well worth the price. I also upgraded the HD to SSD and I think that really helped too.

But yes, Microsoft pricing is just plain bonkers atm. We had a customer who wanted to update there Microsoft products, the customer just could not justify £20K+ for the licence's, as you can imagine alternatives were sort after!!. And I assume we can't be the only software house doing this.

Johan E. Bengtsson

July 13, 2014, 1:43 pm

Keep trying... it will not bring back those who (like me) tried Windows 8 and were horrified by the experience. I will not waste more time on it by trying feeble attempts to fix it through updates. Your attitude that "people have to adapt quicker" is deeply disturbing.

In comparison, moving from Windows XP to Windows 7 was a breeze. I will give Windows 9 a try, when it arrives.

Does Microsoft have two development teams, one good and another one trying out whacky ideas (2000, Vista, Win 8) on their customers?


July 21, 2014, 4:17 pm

I completely agree. Windows XP needs to be the targeted audience, not Windows 7 users. I am an independent remote support person for all types of PC/Windows XP, Vista and 7 problems, customizations and optimizations. My clients (400 of them) could care less about a new OS, they are enamored with Window 7.
If Microsoft wants W9 to be a success they need to capture the XP corporate audience's attention. Frankly speaking, I suggest to everyone to ditch their old XP machine and buy a new Windows 7 64 bit Home or Pro version. Most likely the extended support of January 2020 will get pushed back to 2024 just like XP did when Vista failed miserably. I base that on the failure of exciting the world with W9. If that happens then XP users will jump on it very quickly.
Two best OS's by Microsoft are XP and W7. Going to be hard to top the UI, networking and security in both systems but the smartest things for Microsoft to do is gently modify those features (HEAR ME NOW EVERYONE) for Desktop and Laptop users who prefer a mouse and keyboard, period.


July 22, 2014, 2:16 pm

Although Windows 7 is probably the best of the available MS O/S's, it's still not as good or stable as XP Pro and as an IT Manager supporting over 100 XP PC's I just don't see anything better to move to and indeed some of our users are asking if we will be down-grading to Windows 7 which is somewhat amusing.

If MS want to entice the hardcore of business XP users then they will have to visually make W9 look and feel a little more like XP, as most companies can't afford the learning curve or loss of productivity of a new O/S, so they will need things like a Start Button for starters and the nice pretty icons of W7 and W8 are just an overhead on the system and are not really needed for a business O/S, they are just a gimmick for the home user and it needs to be easy for IT staff to support and I don't find either W7 or W8 easy to support although I have to admit that is more down to training and practice.

The Corporate market place is not going to move to another O/S unless it has reason to do so and if W9 is going to be that reason then it needs to think carefully about what the end user wants and not what MS thinks it's wants, as Vista and W8 have cost them dearly and this is their last chance saloon.


July 22, 2014, 5:03 pm

I agree about the eye candy in W7 but that is easily taken care of by choosing the Classic Windows Theme. As for XP Pro being solid and stable I agree there too, but that's remains so for us IT professionals and Windows Power Users. The average consumer will struggle with tweaks and settings just as they do with HDTV remote controls. ;)

Yes. The Start Button/Start Menu/All Programs with the search field above the Start Button is a MUST have feature. It feels tangible, it's where all of us began our learning curve with with Windows 95 through Windows 7 and taking it away is tantamount to removing a steering wheel from a vehicle.


July 22, 2014, 5:04 pm

You don't change something that is NOT broken. The golden rule of business success.

Prem Desai

July 22, 2014, 6:08 pm

Sorry mate - whilst I respect your opinion, I couldn't disagree more.

Companies like HMV and Blockbuster said the same thing.

Back to windows - when the start button was introduced in Windows 95, just about everyone I know hated it. Now everyone loves it.


July 22, 2014, 6:33 pm

Too funny. HMV and Blockbuster lost to new technology, streaming video. Apple to oranges - no comparison.


July 22, 2014, 6:53 pm

From one IT Professional to another it sounds as though our views about what is required of W9 are very similar and even better is that this view is shared by quite a few in the industry.

I have heard that MS are prepared to listen to the Windows User Group as to what W9 should look like to persuade those Corporate XP users to upgrade, this would be a good thing as MS have never listened to their customers before and have now realised that not doing so again could cost them dearly.

At this moment in time I remain hopeful that W9 will appeal to most of those XP users who have not been impressed with W7 or W8 and I look forward to seeing this project unfold.

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