Rumor: Windows 9 to be released in April 2015
If you compare how Windows 8 has been doing until now to how Windows 7 did in its first two years of existence, you will come to the conclusion that it did not do as well.
Some say it failed as much as Windows Vista did, and while there are certainly similarities between the two operating systems, it is an unfair comparison.
While Vista and 8 shipped after hugely successful Windows versions, XP and 7 to be precise, the why they failed is different.
As far as Windows 8 is concerned, it failed because it concentrated too much on the creation of a unified platform, on mobile and touch features, and not enough on the desktop part of the system.
In addition, decisions to make life for desktop users difficult, by removing the start menu or forcing them to start on the Start Screen interface, added to the frustration of many users.
And then there is the slowing of the PC market, largely attributed by a shift to mobile and consumption, and by the fact that PC hardware has not seen any evolution in recent time.
Microsoft did restore some features with Windows 8.1, and the upgrade is seen by many as a baby-step in the right direction.
What we do know for certain is that a service-pack like upgrade will be released in April 2014 for Windows 8.1. It is not clear if it will introduce any new features or modifications to the operating system.
The update could however be the last for Windows 8, as Microsoft could release Windows 9 as early as April 2015 according to Paul Thurrott.
It is a rumor at this point in time, but according to Paul's unnamed sources, Windows Threshold could indeed be Windows 9.
Again, this is a rumor and subject to change. It would however make sense to move away from the Windows 8 name as soon as possible due to its performance up to this point. It would also keep the "every second Windows is a good Windows" rule alive, provided that Microsoft is improving the experience for desktop users on Windows 9.
Two of the previous rumors in regards to Windows Threshold are that it will bring back a full start menu, and that it will allow users to run apps on the desktop in windows.
According to Paul, Microsoft will deliver three milestone releases prior to the public availability of Windows 9 in April 2015. The company won't release an early alpha version on this year's Build conference though as work won't have started yet on that version.
Microsoft has a year to deliver Windows 9. Some may say that this is not a long time, and that it is unlikely that Windows 9 will ship with many major changes and feature additions in comparison to Windows 8.
It is however enough time to further modify the operating system to make it more appealing to desktop users.
What's your take on this?