Windows 9 Needs to Reach Business Users Sooner Rather Than Later

By Wayne Rash  |  Posted 2014-07-01 Print this article Print

But Windows 9 (currently known as "Threshold") is allegedly coming in less than a year. Will that be the really modern operating system that would complement my really modern computer? By all accounts, it might be.

While Microsoft isn't saying anything about Windows 9, the tech press is full of reports. And while some seem far-fetched, others, such as those from the highly regarded Mary Jo Foley seem likely. So what will we see with Windows 9? And more to the point, will I be able to move from the now long-of-tooth Windows 7?

Hopefully I will. Microsoft, having realized somewhere along the way that hardly any business and enterprise users had touchscreens for their desktop computers, is apparently going to make Windows 9 so that it arrives with more than one type of interface.

For touch screen users, there will be the tiled interface that we recognize from Windows 8. For people with keyboard and mouse computers, like nearly everyone in business and most people who create content, there will be a Windows Desktop. There may even be a Start Button and matching Start Menu. Equally useful, you will be able to run Modern (nee Metro) apps from within the Windows Desktop. You won't need to continually switch between interfaces as you do now.

You will, however, probably be able to switch between interfaces as you do now if you want to, but it won't be mandatory as it is now. With tablets, like phones, you will get the tiled interface. I have no idea whether devices such as the Surface Pro will still allow you to switch between the desktop and the tiles. One hopes that you will, if only because it seems that the Surface Pro is becoming the professional tablet of choice, which means some users might want to use desktop interface.

So when will all of this happen? The current rumors are that Microsoft may have a preview version of Windows 9 (or whatever they decide to call it) toward the end of 2014 and may release it to the public in the spring of 2015.

If Microsoft plays its cards right, perhaps Windows 9 will be the kind of solid, well-accepted version of the OS that Windows 7 has been. But what matters is that the company has to meet the needs of their customers as they actually are rather than what the wish they would be. Otherwise, people will continue to do as I am and load the older operating system on to their brand new, state-of-the-art computers.


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