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Rumor: Windows 9 'Threshold' expected in April 2015

By Scorpus
Jan 12, 2014
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  1. GhostRyder

    GhostRyder TS Evangelist Posts: 2,262   +541

    I don't know yet how I feel about this announcement because its seems so early. Now I was never seeing Windows 8/8.1 as being the Devil or another Vista Incarnation as others do but then again im with them on the fact the Metro was annoying on my desktop at times till I just got used to typing everything I wanted and clicking on the search results.

    In theory, this is sounding like a great upgrade to the previous OS that should at least in theory resolve most if not all the complaints circling Windows 8/8.1, but I feel its just a bit to early since we really have not even had 8 for that long.

    Im actually more curious about the Windows 8.1 Service Pack 1 update than anything, if they bring back the start menu with it then I would feel at least a big portion of the complaints will disappear and the OS will jump in sales.
     
  2. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TechSpot Paladin Posts: 6,097   +1,522

    Heck, we have only had 7 for just over 4 years. In my opinion it is just now time for talks about a new OS. This two year cycle of change for the sake of change is ridiculous. MS released an OS that was awarded high praise from the majority, and then decided to spit in their/our face by making a decision to change instantly after release.

    Windows 8 was a test to see how far they could push the masses in a different direction. MS wanted this test completed as soon as possible while they were still reaping the rewards of Windows 7. They didn't want to make the same mistake they did with Vista, and release a completely different architect years later. Call it MS's Tic-Toc Cycle much like the one Intel has. They present a new concept and then refine the concept. They present a new concept and then refine the concept. Personally I'm only interested in the refined concepts, where MS is concerned.
     
  3. "Microsoft is a software company and their flagship is Windows. What do you expect them to release? You only complain about "fast" releases when you fear change or just never planned to upgrade anyway."

    It's not a fear of change itself. It's a fear of change one won't even end up liking.
    Especially if you're a business. Which is why so few, comparatively, have moved on to windows 8/8.1.

    Every heard the saying "If something's not broken don't fix it?"
    To some degree this applies whether you like it or not.
    There's no reason to get used to an OS when it's predecessor works just fine for most businesses, in fact, even windows xp still does as well.

    And it's not just businesses.

    Most home PC users really have no need for windows 8 SPECIFICALLY. They won't have a need to for the next one either more than likely lmao.

    IF m$ wants to play ball, just release new OS's for their tablets and phones, but make them BACKWARDS compatible with the OSes that were TARGETED FOR PCs IN THE FIRST PLACE. Windows 7! WHO WOULDA THOUGHT?

    There arent really that many people who actually NEED windows 8.
     
  4. This! I can't live without this feature.
     
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  5. Well, that's an oxymoron because Wine behaves like one. Otherwise, it wouldn't have the performance issues that is typically associated with emulation.
     
  6. GhostRyder

    GhostRyder TS Evangelist Posts: 2,262   +541

    Touche to the Windows 7 comment, I keep forgetting how new it really is. I guess time really does fly for it seems just yesterday I was looking at XP thinking how amazing it was. Windows 8 was clearly trying to play towards the fact that users are all leaning towards the mobile market and want their data accessible from everywhere.

    The right idea is there, they just took away the ability to take a step back like they had done with Windows version in the past which forced users to conform to something new to fast. I personally like Windows 8.1, but I do want the old start menu back and a few of my old shortcuts to be returned. But the fact were now starting to talk about 9 is just startling to me even if its not in full development phase because I feel we have barely gotten into 8. Its just me feeling like time is moving at such a high speed that its making my head spin lawlz.
     
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  7. pmcardle

    pmcardle TS Rookie Posts: 92   +14

    Or press Alt+F4
     
  8. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TechSpot Paladin Posts: 6,097   +1,522

    You know for an OS that should still be mouse oriented, there sure are an awful lot of keyboard shortcuts being suggested as fixes to the removal of what was once an easy task with a mouse.

    Just saying!
     
  9. Teko03

    Teko03 TS Enthusiast Posts: 125   +29

    That's the main part of the issue for Windows 8. Microsoft decided to push keyboard shortcuts to replace what many users did with the mouse and this was their answer for users with non-touch devices. Problem is, your average user doesn't know any keyboard shortcuts outside of Ctrl + C & Ctrl + V --- and some don't even know that! I love keyboard shortcuts as a faster way to access certain things, but I don't use any of the new Windows 8 shortcus because they're just silly and they aren't logcial. Windows key + Q to search metro or Windows key + X to show the advanced context menu? Usually the letter represents something, but they don't in those. Whereas 'D' for 'Show DESKTOP', 'P' for PRINT, etc. just make sense. Windows has primarily been a "point & click" based OS for way too long to try and move away from that. Removing the 'Start Button' alone in the inital Windows 8.0 release was by far one of the dumbest ideas ever. Microsoft made too many assumptions (mostly untrue) about the average user when designing Windows 8.
     
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  10. JC713

    JC713 TS Evangelist Posts: 7,021   +913

    No I Was just saying that it might be the case if MS wants to take the same path as Apple did with their OS (all future updates will be free).
     
  11. JC713

    JC713 TS Evangelist Posts: 7,021   +913

    Exactly.
     
     
  12. pmcardle

    pmcardle TS Rookie Posts: 92   +14

    You mean like close a program that Window 7 can't even run? Actually you can but some people like shortcuts.
     
  13. Nobina

    Nobina TS Booster Posts: 411   +92

    When it comes to privacy, they know everything about us, but when it comes to their own OS, they don't know us too well.
    To me It seems like they haven't made any assumptions, they tried to force us use them the way they want us to.
     
  14. Will Windows 9 support the Visual Basic 6.0 (VB6) programming language ?
     
  15. It isn't clear yet whether Windows 9 will support VB6 programming.

    With the previous Windows releases this didn't become clear until at least a beta version of the OS was available. They all (up to Windows 8.1) did , of course.

    It seems likely that VB6 programming will still work on Windows 9, though we don't know whether the VB6 runtime will be included - if it isn't you should be able to install it manually.

    It seems likely that VB6 will continue as long as Windows (as we know it) continues. Microsoft say they will continue to support classic Visual Basic programming until 'at least' 2024.
     


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