Everything Microsoft - Latest Microsoft News, Guides, Reviews & Themes » Windows 9 http://www.everything-microsoft.com Latest Microsoft Windows 8, Windows 7, Office, Windows Phone 8, Windows Phone 7 & Xbox 360 News, W8 Beta, Rumors, Downloads, Themes, Wallpapers, Help & more Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:00:31 +0000 en-EN hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.1 Windows 9 To Be Released In November 2014?http://www.everything-microsoft.com/2011/11/02/windows-9-released-november-2014/ http://www.everything-microsoft.com/2011/11/02/windows-9-released-november-2014/#comments Wed, 02 Nov 2011 14:51:07 +0000 http://www.windows9news.com/?p=106 We do not know a lot yet about the operating system after Windows 8. Heck, we even do not know if it will be named Windows 9 or if Microsoft will give it a different name. Everything is possible at this point in time.

A leaked roadmap suggests that we might be able to play around with the next but one Windows earlier than everyone thought. The roadmap suggests that we may see a developer preview of Windows 9 at the Build 2013 conference which should takes place in the middle of the year.

The developer preview is then followed by the first Windows 9 Beta release during the January CES 2014 and a release candidate release during the MIX 2014 conference in April. The Windows 9 RTM would then be released during Build 2014 along with Internet Explorer 12.

The final version of Windows 9 will be released in November 2014 along with Windows 9 Mobile and Kinect HP2. Microsoft would release another operating system only two years after the release of Windows 8, which is expected to be released in August 2012.

 

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Windows 9: The ‘Facts’ So Farhttp://www.everything-microsoft.com/2011/07/16/windows-9-the-facts-so-far/ http://www.everything-microsoft.com/2011/07/16/windows-9-the-facts-so-far/#comments Sat, 16 Jul 2011 10:05:35 +0000 http://www.windows9news.com/?p=77 For over 4 years we’ve covered the development of Windows 7, and now Windows 8.  It may seem a bit premature to start thinking about Windows 9, but we can assure you Microsoft aren’t and they are already working on this release, even though Windows 8 hasn’t been released yet.

Some details about Windows 9 have been released.  Over on Windows 7 News & Tips, Mike has tried to pull together what we know about Windows 9 so far.  Below you can read a summary of his post.

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x64 only

Back before even Windows 7 was launched Microsoft announced that its successor, Windows 8, would be the very last version of Windows to support the old 32-bit architecture.  It was very important that Microsoft made this announcement then.  This then gave businesses a six year warning that they’d have to redevelop their ageing legacy software to work with a 64-bit operating system.  It also warned software developers that they had just six years left to make sure all of their software, plug-ins and Windows extensions would be 64-bit; probably the most high profile example being Adobe’s Flash player which is only just appearing in a 64-bit beta despite Internet Explorer having gone 64-bit with Windows Vista in 2006.

Possibility: All modern hardware has now been 64-bit for about three years now so there’s no need for hardware manufacturers to catch up.  However this will put added pressure on hardware vendors and software companies to run their code through Microsoft certification programmes, as the move to 64-bit may force all unsigned code off the platform (Note: this may happen with Windows 8 )

Legacy Support will be Dropped

Again it is a possibility that this will happen with Windows 8, but the move to a completely x64 operating system will mean that there will be absolutely no need for any legacy support within the operating system anyway.  This will be because none of the legacy apps, drivers and plug-ins that exist today; which all run on 32-bit architecture, will run on a 64-bit only platform.  The move will be towards sandboxed virtualisation.  I say sandboxed as Windows XP will be completely out of support before Windows 9 goes on sale, and Microsoft will need to reassure business and consumers alike that running legacy code in a virtual machine will be safe and secure.

One OS to run them all

Okay, so Lord of the Rings jokes aside, it was announced at the Worldwide Partner Conference that Microsoft want to move all of their systems to a unified operating system.  This is what Apple have done with iOS on the iPhone and iPad being a set of extensions on top of the core OS X kernel.  It makes sense too and we, again, may see some of this with Windows 8 as back in January this year, the CEO of Intel commented that his company would be shipping Windows 8 on smartphones.

When Microsoft were developing Windows Vista they did away with the old OS kernel from XP and instead replaced it with the core kernel from Windows Server 2003.  To this day both the desktop and server versions of Windows run the same core kernel, and this move has proved spectacularly successful for Microsoft.  Windows 7 is widely acknowledged to be one of the most secure operating systems available today (ongoing issues with legacy support not withstanding).

A unified Interface

Again this was announced at the WPC.  It makes some sense for Microsoft to move all their devices, where possible, to a perhaps not unified, but certainly standardised interface.  This isn’t always possible or a good idea.  For instance the addition of Launchpad in OS X Lion, which  arranges your icons in a grid pattern on the screen in the same way they appear on the iPad.  While a nice idea in principle, it’s been criticised for spacing the icons too far apart on the desktop, making excessive mouse movements required for launching them.  According to many people it’s a poor alternative to OS X’s current dock.

If you can standardise some elements across your platforms though then you can help people move seamlessly from one to another.  Nobody is ever going to argue though that tablet interfaces will work on the desktop or vice versa, Windows 7 on tablets is the finest example of this.

In all, Windows 9, when it appears in 2015 will be a significant departure for Microsoft and probably the most exciting version of Windows ever.  That said it will also cause businesses, software companies and hardware vendors significant headaches if they don’t start work on 64-bit versions of their products very soon.

It is still possible that some of this functionality, even perhaps in more limited forms will appear with Windows 8.  It’s unlikely though that we’ll see a full scale move to a legacy free future this time around.  Microsoft simply don’t work that way and businesses would be up in arms if not given enough notice.  Stranger things have happened before at Redmond though.

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