Next generation operating system reportedly to be first announced at BUILD conference in April.
Microsoft is abandoning the Windows 8 line completely and will skip right to Windows 9 with the next version, according to a report from Winsupersite’s Paul Thurrott.
Thurrott writes that Windows 9, codenamed “Threshold” will look more like Windows 7 than the previous iteration of Winodws, with Microsoft likely removing some of the least popular features of the troubled OS. On PC editions of the OS Microsoft will likely downplay Metro, while offer a redesigned Metro on mobile editions of the platform.
But Threshold is more important than any specific updates. Windows 8 is tanking harder than Microsoft is comfortable discussing in public, and the latest release, Windows 8.1, which is a substantial and free upgrade with major improvements over the original release, is in use on less than 25 million PCs at the moment. That’s a disaster, and Threshold needs to strike a better balance between meeting the needs of over a billion traditional PC users while enticing users to adopt this new Windows on new types of personal computing devices.
The expected announcement date of April 2014, at the BUILD conference, will be just weeks after Microsoft completes a massive reorganization of itself. With this reorganization Microsoft hopes to be a more lean and efficient machine, more nimble to market changes. Windows Vista and 8 were both victims of a lethargic “too big to fail” Microsoft. This company wouldn’t cut it in a computing environment where Android, not just Mac, is a viable competitor to Windows, so it will be interesting to watch what a reorganized Microsoft does with as it crosses the threshold with this new version of Windows.