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Windows 9????

The rumor… A newer version of Windows, a 9th version? Windows 9. Now I still think more work is needed for Windows 8 or 8.1 bu tI have to admit 8.1 isn’t so bad.  I resisted moving from good ol Windows 7 but as I found the need for 3 screens and I found an issue with Win 7 always dropping into Aero Basic. So I try out Windows 8 and it had no issue with the 3 screens at all and obviously had more support for multiple screen setups. I could setup a random wallpaper for each screen based on image I placed in a folder. Cool right? Although I did have a serious issue with Windows 8 and no Start Menu button but 8.1 eased that out a bit. It is acceptable.

Moving on it seems September 30th is when one may get to see Windows 9 in a event preview by Microsoft. So what is the deal with Windows 8? Well it is an attempt to bridge the gap between desktop and phone/tablets…A unified O.S. (Operating System). Sounds good but not even Apple has that. (Looks can be deceiving.)

What is it?

Some say a complete update to Windows but how much different can Windows really get?

When is it out?

2015

What will it cost?

No idea. Windows 8 though didn’t cost much to upgrade if that means anything to you.

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In the meantime I am sure there will be a few updates, there has already been Windows 8.1, then Windows 8.1 update 1, and maybe a Windows 8.2. The new 8.1 update 1 update features improvements to the Start Screen including the ability to boot straight into the Desktop, a task bar to unify the old and new user interfaces which will be more familiar to some, and the return of shutdown on Start Menu. The update was announced at Build 2014, along with other features mentioned for Windows updates in the future.
Hmmm, looks like Microsoft is moving at a pace that the phone world moves at. Microsoft is set to put out new releases of Windows, Windows RT and Windows Server every year.
I reiterate, the next complete version of Windows is being called Windows 9 which may change. A new codename has appeared – Threshold, possibly in reference to moving across from our reliance on the desktop to a new world where the Start screen is at the heart of how we use Windows.
While still just a codename, Windows 9 was referenced by Microsoft in a job posting, spotted by MSFT Kitchen on March 13, 2013.In January 2014, well-known Microsoft blogger Paul Thurrott said he believes the company plans to release Windows 9 (codenamed Threshold) in April 2015, less than three years after Windows 8. There are a lot of rumors so I’m not gonna get long winded here. Don’t you hate when the news site are not too the point? It’s like they are just trying to fill the webpage up with words. So here go some of the rumors and possible garbage out there:

Windoows Cortana?

Microsoft’s answer to Siri and Google Now on Windows Phone 8.1. Microsoft seems to be expanding its reach to the company’s desktop and tablet OS. Microsoft heads at Neowin seem to have inside sources that say Cortana is running on internal Windows 9 builds with performance improvements.

The Charms menu…

No more charms? No more pretty goodies anymore? A leak by Winbeta claims the Charms menu of the current OS will not be included in the desktop and laptop versions of Windows 9. And, I read on ZDNet, the feature will be gone for Windows 9 tablets and 2-in-1 laptops as well.

The Windows 9 experience and gestures too.

Features predicted for Windows 8 by serveral sites I wouldn’t really think too much of becauase they are based on Microsoft patents. I simple check on the government patent site and you could make the same prediction. There are also other technologies demonstrated by Microsoft leaders like CTO Craig Mundie that didn’t make it into the OS that if you were there or saw it you would think will eventually end up in Windows eventually. As with any company there are always features that get planned for whatever version of software that gets cut to ship on time; sometimes they reappear, sometimes they don’t.
Kinect-based 3D gestures might be around this time, especially since supposedly some notebooks will soon get 3D cameras. Cool right?
Although there are other ways to do it. They could use two cheaper webcams rather than an expensive 3D camera to make gesture recognition hardware cheap enough for laptops. This may not be the best thing for some. Being able to wave from a distance means maybe one should reconsider getting dressed in front of their open laptop.
And then there is Direct Experience. The patent explains this as a way of starting Windows to play media files in a special purpose operating system and there are improvements in Hyper-V for Windows Server 8 that Microsoft could use to make Windows 9 work better for this, like being able to move a virtual machine from one place to another while it’s running. I copied and pasted that part from a site. The patent sounds cool but is still rather vague for most eyes.

FAST BOOTING A COMPUTING DEVICE TO A SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE

From Techradar

Windows 9 (You ever been alone in the woods and can hear all the crickets?)

A rumor but more of a confirmation, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella commented somewhere on the future of Windows recently, painting a picture of a unified operating system across all platforms. Nothing new there really, I’m saying… Windows 8 is like, uh, the proof of that direction being taken.
“In the past we had multiple teams working on different versions of Windows,” Nadella said. “Now we have one team with a common architecture. This allows us to scale, create Universal Windows Apps.” Ok so Microsoft is dedicated to the idea. I wonder who is gonna copy that idea? (Looking at an apple on the table that I feel I will lose eventually due to legal proceedings.)
So, will Windows 9 spur the beginning of a single OS for all Microsoft devices? I don’t know. Do I want that? Really want that? Techradar says, “We can only hope.” But I ask this question: If one Windows OS fits on all then will I need good antivirus on all of my devices?

Windows 9: Horray! The Start Menu

Well let’s see…during the Build 2014 keynote address something was a bit, teased I would say. The Start is basically guaranteed to make its return in Windows 9 which I figured they had no choice. Okay this is what I have seen. When I did remote tech support for Geeksquad during the beginning of Windows 8. Numerous calls came in from customers asking for help in just figuring out how to use their new computers. Some were using the power button to turn off their computers cause they couldn’t figure out how to shut it down. So since that preview of the Start menu showed up, having both Desktop and Modern UI elements, should be a shine of relief for a lot of people. I have a screenshot (seen below) of an updated version of the feature.
Whether or not the picture is legit, since Microsoft has publicly promised the return of the Start menu, it’s safe to expect its debut in Windows 9 … whenever that is.

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Image from Yahoo News

Windows 9 and the cloud

This is a part of Windows 8 that sort of annoys me personally. You know sort of like how Windows 8 almost forces you to create a Microsoft account in order to login. Well the idea for a smaller version of Windows with more apps. Certainly still sounds good though. There are rumors that Windows 9 will focus heavily on cloud computing. WZOR claims to have information that supports the idea, alluding to a Chrome OS style operating system that requires an internet connection.
According to leaks from said leak groups, the core of Windows 9 will live in the given system’s BIOS (This has my attention), while the rest of the OS will reside in the cloud. What concerns me is what how much of the Windows functions would be left out. How much of Windows could be included in this manner? Would this say make Windows Media player a simple web-based player?

Windowed Modern UI apps?

What does that mean really? Most Windows users just wanna use their computers without having to read a manual. Well what it means is if you are familiar with Windows 8 you know on the Start Menu you have those apps and on your desktop you have your normal programs that you have been used to using for years. They are different even though there is some overlap like Internet Explorer. There is the Desktop version and the Start Menu app version. They look very different and definitely are not equal to each other in their abilities. Well this feature basically says you will be able to run those apps (on the Start Menu) in a window on your normal desktop. Sounds cool. Moving on, We already know that the new Start menu will be alive and well in Windows 9, but the latest leak points to this improvement that I explained. So when you see the words “truly windowed Modern UI apps” you will know what it means. Actually you can do this now, Modern UI apps can be opened and managed from the desktop, but they immediately switch to that interface when selected.
Myce claims through a newly-leaked screenshot (seen below) that this will be no more. The image, allegedly pulled from Threshold build # 9795, shows a Metro, or Modern UI, app opened in a window on the Windows 9 desktop.

Windowed Metro UI

From Digital Trends

Windows 9 Greenify…sort of.

I’m going to just copy and paste is part from techradar.com. “A recent Channel 9 video featuring Bruce Worthington, who leads the team working on Windows power management fundamentals, included some rather technical details about saving power in Windows and the improvement in Windows 8.
“If you look at the number of times we would wake up the CPU per second,” he explained, “for Windows 7 you would typically see numbers on the order of one millisecond. We would literally be waking up the CPU a thousand times per second. If you look at Windows 8, on a clean system, we have numbers that are better than a hundred milliseconds. ”
Now that Windows Phone 8 is based on the Windows Phone kernel, power management has to get better. “Now we’re looking forward to the next release and we can get even farther – especially as we start interacting more and more with our phone brethren.
“They want us to be quiet for multiple seconds at a time. They even talk about minutes in some scenarios which is pretty far afield for us, to be thinking about minutes of being completely quiet. At least getting into the multi-second we’re definitely ready to think about that.”
Especially with Intel Haswell bringing Connected Standby to Core systems, not just low-power Atom tablets, saving power looks like a priority for Windows 9 (especially if it comes out at the same time as Intel’s new chips.
“For the next release there’s all kinds of things we’ve already identified that are going be quite challenging but at the same time the user is going to get a tremendous boost forward,” Worthington promised.” So basically they want to save power. You know make those batteries last longer by pulling less energy while still being able to run those apps on your cool Windows 9 tablet. I think on a subject every 2 mins to make sure I remember it but maybe if I think on it every 5 mins instead of 2 I can save some brain power there. What you think?

Windows 9 to be smaller, with more apps

CFO Peter Klein made it clear that Microsoft has received the message that the Windows 8 tablets’ prices need to come down; “we know that our growth depends on our ability to give customers the exciting hardware they want, at the price-points they demand.” Uh yeah, your cool tablets cost too much.
A Microsoft job advertisement talks about having Windows Phone and Windows RT apps run on both Windows Phone and Windows. There goes that unify stuff again.
“Do you wish the code you write for Windows Store apps would just work on the Windows Phone and vice versa? If so, then this is the role for you! We are the team leading the charge to bring much of the WinRT API surface and the .NET Windows Store profile to the Phone.”
The advertisement was on the Microsoft Careers site at the beginning of February 2012 which is being lead by the Windows Phone team.

Machine learning and Windows?

Well I can create a heading but what the heck does it mean? Well, Machine learning is a type of artificial intelligence (AI) that provides computers with the ability to learn without being explicitly programmed. Machine learning focuses on the development of computer programs that can teach themselves to grow and change when exposed to new data. This is what Peter Lee, Microsoft Research lead, wants out of Windows 9. In an interview with Digital Trends, he pointed to Microsoft’s Azure cloud computing platform and Bing to hopefully be the drivers behind the next versions of Windows.
“Using machine learning to extract relationships, entities, key ideas being worked on and bring those to the surface in tools. Maybe even digital-assistant tools to make companies more productive and smarter. That’s one area we’re going at”, Lee said.
He also says “If I write a document and I want to say, share this with the appropriate people that work with Vikram from the meeting, or say, ‘what’s trending around me at work,’ not in my personal space but at work … answering questions like that requires a very different kind of machine learning,”. Sounding pretty cool but for all you privacy freaks out there if you run into a chance to open your mouth make sure a way to disable these features is added. Your voice counts as long as you use it.




Update:

Microsoft has decide to skip Windows 9 and goto Windows 10.
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