There are numerous reports on the Internet that Windows 9 will be released on or around 30 September 2014.
Following Microsoft’s attempt to create a unified operating system with Windows 8, users are hoping that Windows 9 will be a more user friendly release for desktop users.
We highlight the main features expected from the new Windows 9 release.
It is likely that Cortnana, the voice activated phone assistant similar to Apple’s Siri, will be included as standard. However I do not know anyone who actually uses Siri!
- Start Menu
It is widely recognized that the decision to remove the Windows 7 Start Menu for desktop users was a bad design move. Apparently a new ‘mini’ Smart menu will be included in Windows 9. It will be interesting to see how this works.
- Removal of the Charms Overlay
The Charms overlay is used to access the search, devices, Start menu and settings. Apparently this is to be removed.
- Upgrade Cost
A lot of web sites are predicting that Windows 9 will be a free upgrade for Windows 8 users. I cannot see Microsoft offering this but they did provide the Windows 8.1 upgrade for free, so you never know.
- Windows XP
Apparently Microsoft are going to offer Windows XP users an ‘awesome‘ upgrade offer to move to Windows 9. Support for Windows XP ended earlier this year.
Another rumor is that Microsoft will be launching either in Windows 9 or a future release a full virtual backup of your system. This means the backup will include programs, setting, etc. as well as your data, similar to our online backup system. This will then be stored in the cloud, although there will be a cost.