Windows 8 has been limping through its existence for just about two years now, and despite the fact that its continual updates have improved it a fair bit, the numbers aren't encouraging. Microsoft knows this, and the rumors surrounding Windows 9 show that it's going to be a move back to more familiar territory.
Yesterday we saw the first leaked screenshots of what purports to be Windows 9, complete with Start menu. Now, there's a video which shows how the returning feature might work in the next iteration of the OS.
The bad news: the Start Screen isn't going anywhere in the next version of Windows. The good news: it will be much, much better.
ZDNet reports that Microsoft will release a preview of Windows 9, next month, in advance of of the general release, which is expected in Spring 2015. Which of the the rumored improvements will Microsoft show off in the early preview?
While the next update to Windows 8.1 is set to be minor, new reports suggest that Windows 9 will see Microsoft distance itself yet more from the bold Metro styling of the current OS.
Windows 8 was an incredible change, if not quite incredible. It wasn't until Windows 8.1 that a lot of the kinks were smoothed out. Now, Microsoft's annual BUILD conference is coming in April, and rumor has it that Windows 9 might be showing up. That's all well and good, but please Microsoft, don't go backtracking on…
Windows 8 is coming. But the next version of Windows might not be far behind. According to the super well respected Mary Jo Foley, Microsoft could release the next version of its OS within the next year—a turnaround time that would be pretty much unprecedented for Redmond:
How do you predict the future? It's easy: There's going to be a Windows 9 in a few years. As for what might be inside Microsoft's future operating system, however, that's a whole ‘nother ballgame.