While Windows Vista turned out to be a major failure as the company attempted to put forth an unconventional OS, Windows 8 was also seen as more of a crash-landing when compared to the good old Windows 7 – the love of all. The suddenly forsaken start menu was replaced by a Metro tile interface which did not impress a lot of users.
There have been a lot of rumors about Microsoft seeking redemption by trying to come up with a new OS that will allegedly trace its steps back to a Windows 7-like interface. By picking up cues and favorites from Windows 7, the software giant seems to be trying to win its followers back.
The new Windows OS from Microsoft has been given with a rather weird moniker. The rumored yet most believed name for the new Windows 9 is “Threshold”. Might sound stupid for now but there are high chances that the name is meant only for the developmental period and to maintain secrecy of the OS and will be changed when it comes to marketing the Windows 9.
Rumor has it that the ‘Windows Threshold’ will hit the market in the spring of 2015. That makes an evident time gap of almost 2 years between the new Windows’ and Windows 8 release. While there has been much buzz about an Autumn 2014 release but that time slot is mostly being seen as reserved for the next update of the latest OS from the company - Windows 8.1 Update 2
Windows 9 – Advancements
The new additions in the Windows 9 include the regular business and venture features that most of the home users don’t even care about. But an interesting feature rumored to be present in the new Windows 9 is a single look of the OS capable of operating differently depending on the type of the device that uses it viz. a tablet, a laptop or a hybrid.
There are rumors about a subscription based model of the Windows Threshold. More likely a free and downloadable basic version of Windows 9 and a paid subscription to avail major updates and features. Since there is a word about the comeback of Start menu for desktops and tiled interface in tablets, there’s a high possibility that the paid subscription allows the users to unlock whatever interface they’d like on their device.
‘Start’-ing the old way
The Start menu, one of the most awaited features, is to return with a new look. The good old Start menu will be joined by a set of metro tiles on the right edge. This comes as a very wise move by the company as it tries to combine the old with a tad bit of new. While the Start menu is to feature the same options, the tiles will provide quick access to apps. This could prove to be a great way to edge users towards using tiled interface (which works wonderfully well in Windows phones) rather than pushing them to use only tiles and nothing else, as the company did by launching Windows 8.