Friday, August 29, 2014

Microsoft to Launch Windows 9

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A new Windows operating system is about to be launched by Microsoft to give the cyberworld a new alternative to the long-in-use Windows XP, Windows 7 and Windows Vista.   To be tagged as Windows 9, the launch is set on September 30, a few months into the stewardship of Satya Nadella who took over as Microsoft CEO early this year. 

In regards to USAToday story “Report: Microsoft to reveal Windows 9 next month”, the Verge reports about the Microsoft plans for an event which will be held on the Sept. 30. The report will support "sources familiar with Microsoft's plan".

Microsoft is planning to unveil its Windows 8 successor next month at a special press event. Sources familiar with Microsoft’s plans tell The Verge that the software maker is tentatively planning its press event for September 30th to detail upcoming changes to Windows as part of a release codenamed "Threshold." This date may change, but the Threshold version of Windows is currently in development and Microsoft plans to release a preview version of what will likely be named Windows 9 to developers on September 30th or shortly afterwards. The date follows recent reports from ZDNet that suggested Microsoft is planning to release a preview version of Windows 9 in late September or early October.

The early technology preview will give developers a first look at the new mini Start Menu in Windows 9, alongside the removal of the Charms bar feature and several UI changes.  Microsoft is currently compiling builds of Threshold ready for the preview that include an early version of Cortana, but it’s not clear if this particular feature will be made available as part of the technology preview.

While Threshold is likely to be named Windows 9, it’s unlikely that Microsoft will name its upcoming Windows release at its press event. Instead, Microsoft is said to be planning an overview of key new features of the upcoming operating system, with a technical preview ready for developers and enthusiasts. Microsoft is also building a separate combined version of Windows RT and Windows Phone, and the company may take the time to detail this work during its press event. Either way, Microsoft’s next version of Windows is nearing completion and the company will be ready to talk more about it next month.

The event will showcase several upgrades to the user interface and may even include Cortana, Microsoft's voice assistant.  The new Windows OS would be the first launch under Satya Nadella, who took over as CEO of Microsoft earlier this year. Nadella has focused on shifting Microsoft toward a strategy aimed at the mobile and cloud space.  Earlier this year, Microsoft announced it was cutting up to 18,000 jobs over the next year, most of which are related to the acquisition of Nokia's handset business, which the company closed in April.”

A new Windows operating system is very much welcome owing to some complaints that the existing Windows OS have become vulnerable to hackers and malware. It is hoped that the new Windows 9, being an improvement over the other Windows, will boast of more features that would effectively protect users against viruses, spyware and all kinds of malicious, deceptive or unwanted software. 

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