Report: Microsoft's "Threshold" Coming In 2015 As Windows 9 - HotHardware
Report: Microsoft's "Threshold" Coming In 2015 As Windows 9

Report: Microsoft's "Threshold" Coming In 2015 As Windows 9

Whatever you think about Windows 8.1, good or bad or what have you, we can all agree that the launch of Microsoft’s latest operating system has not gone at all how the company hoped. Microsoft appears ready to move beyond it, in any case, with its “Threshold” initiative designed to further unify Microsoft’s OS ecosystem.

There’s an update to Windows 8.1 coming this year, and Microsoft will surely let the world in on its plans for the next generation of Windows at the BUILD conference in April, but the current scuttlebutt is that Threshold will launch in April 2015, and it will be called “Windows 9”.

Microsoft Windows 8.1
Windows 8.1

Perhaps all that seems obvious, but it’s possible that Threshold/Windows 9 may not be a completely re-thought OS as much as a heavy evolution of Windows 8.1. Thus, the name perhaps indicates a psychological break from Windows 8.1 (for both consumers and Microsoft itself) as much as anything else.

And that’s perfectly acceptable. For the true haters of Windows 8.1, anything less than a nuking will be insufficient, but those who simply aren’t particularly enamored of the new OS have to admit that there are positive qualities and some good ideas there that could be expanded upon to create the next great operating system. Given the lessons learned from Windows 8 and so many months to develop, it’s a good bet that Windows 9 will be more of a success than its immediate predecessor.
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And what are those "positive qualities and some good ideas" of Win8? OK, fast boot is good.. a few other things. But unless you have never used Windows before on a desktop, it really sucks.

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The Metro interface...I "honestly" have no need for it. I am happier with my computer set to boot up straight to the desktop and would be even happier if a fully functional start menu returned. I can mod Win 8 and make the changes to suit me. I can create desktop shortcuts and use keyboard shortcuts to do a lot of the things I used to easily navigate to in previous Windows versions. But, that I have to take these steps is the problem. These are the every day things that negate the positive qualities.

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