The new vision from Windows

As the Build developer conference in San Francisco approaches, Microsoft is eagerly working at a new vision for Windows, an operating system that works for all: new smart devices, personal computers and a larger collection of applications. Al Gillen, an IDC analyst, states that Windows will gain a lot of ground once users wrap their heads around this idea of an OS designed for all purposes. Rumor has it that Windows 9, which is now in code name “Threshold”, will be released as late as April 2015. Until then, the version that is already on the market, Window 8 seems to have little success, although the same Al Gillen sustains that this is not because of consumers’ dissatisfaction with the operating system, but because of the impact the shift to smart devices has had over consumer behavior. However, statistics speak for themselves and the numbers show that there are less than 25 million personal computers that run Windows 8.


Although many developers may be interested in an early alpha release, the “Threshold” remains a mystery, at leas as far as the San Francisco conference in April is concerned. However, it is said that Microsoft will give out three different milestone releases before the final result, which is intended to include a windowed mode for desktops. The focus for Windows 9 seems to be around the Metro design language, which is expected to be be fixed and matured. However, all of these are pure speculations, as the vision has yet to enter the development phase and nothing is a fact at this point. Going back to the Windows 8 version, the operating system itself is quite worthy, offering users greater stability and security, faster start up and broaden access to applications, but its problem was the fact that it was released to early. Windows 8 is a great OS for tablets and touchscreen devices in general, but it came out when these devices weren’t yet widely available to consumers. Charles King, analyst at Pund-IT, said: “It’s a bit like manufacturing a hot new sports car but delivering it to market while the roads are still riddled with potholes.”


Apparently, the return of the Start menu is a definite no for the new vision from Windows. However, there are speculations about new additions, such as tighter integration with Windows server or the development of one platform across Windows and Windows phone, as well as a certain bending to accommodate consumers who use desktop PCs. Regardless of what’s coming up and of the market performance of Windows 8, which some might even call “disastrous”, one thing is for sure, developers and users alike are curious about the “Threshold” and what it’ll have to offer. Until then, the only thing we can do is stay tuned to tech news blogs and websites and listen to the rumors and others trying to predict what Windows 9’s going to look like.