Windows 9 gets a shout out from Microsoft, Windows Phone 9 pops up too

It's shocking really, that Microsoft would be working on Windows 9 and Windows Phone 9. Ok, not really, but references to both next generation platforms have popped up in places around the web including Microsoft's own jobs board.

In a posting for a Bing Software Development Engineer, Microsoft calls out that the particular role will be working on IE 11 and Windows 9 which you can see in the image above.

In addition to the Windows 9 posting, Windows Phone 9 was also mentioned by iSoftStone who claims to have worked on a month long project for Windows Phone 9 related to the deployment of XAP/APPX applications. 

Finally, an employee at Microsoft stated in her profile that she is working on the Windows 9 OS for Nokia, HTC and Qualcomm devices. Now, seeing those vendor names, it would seem more likely that it's for Windows Phone 9 rather than proper Windows 9, unless Microsoft is gearing up for a shift in how it promotes products. Notably, there are some large names missing such as Samsung from that list, but we wouldn't read into any of this information about who launch partners will be for the platform as this is limited information, at best.

None of the above information is ground breaking by any means, but it does offer a small window into the world of Microsoft platform development.

Source: MsftKitchen.com

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hopefully by the time of windows 9 microsoft reconsider and bring back the desktop and start menu... not by default but at least give us an option.

We can only hope that Microsoft has come to senses after the Windows-8 debacle. But if not, there is Windows-7 for those who want to stay in the Microsoft "ecosystem," and...there is Apple, Linus, etc. who will be more than happy to handle your business.

I've used Windows 8 for a few weeks now and there are only a few things that are not very good, buy when ever I use a computer with Windows 7, then I don't feel familiar with the start menu.
However, I want the option to enable "classic" start menu. Like, 95/98/Me, XP/Vista/7 or as it is now.
I want the start screen to be optional. We've always had those options before hidden away in a discreet settings window.

Hahaha, Windows 9 better ship in 2013 or Apple will have over 20% of the PC market by 1 Jan 2014. Apple has experienced a 30% jump in their PC sales in the last quarter aka when Win8 has been available.

Nice to hear there will be a next major release. I thought Microsoft wanted to adopt a micro-update model, but this will allow them to make some important overhauls to Windows 8. Which it desperatly needs.

there will always be windows 9 and 10 and 11 and 12 and 250, this is not news, when a company finish working on version 8 the start working on version 9, you have to be extra stupid if you don't understand that.

john.smith_2084 said,
there will always be windows 9 and 10 and 11 and 12 and 250, this is not news, when a company finish working on version 8 the start working on version 9, you have to be extra stupid if you don't understand that.

I'd like to introduce you to Mac OS X.

Will Windows-9 be business-oriented, i.e., content creation/data entry via keyboard/mouse, or will it continue Windows-8's focus on the consumer touch-centric marketplace? Windows-9 does give Microsoft the opportunity to get out of the deep hole it created for itself.

TsarNikky said,
Will Windows-9 be business-oriented, i.e., content creation/data entry via keyboard/mouse, or will it continue Windows-8's focus on the consumer touch-centric marketplace? Windows-9 does give Microsoft the opportunity to get out of the deep hole it created for itself.

How is this any different from what 8 does? It's not too hard for businesses to continue deploying their apps. The only difference being they now have a Start Screen instead of menu. Big whoop, assuming admins haven't locked users out from using the menu, there's little change to user's workflow.

Are you living in the '90s? Business is using touchscreens for years.
point of sale, package-delivery, warehouse, survey, presentation, hospital, ... I can keep typing for hours.

Dot Matrix said,

How is this any different from what 8 does? It's not too hard for businesses to continue deploying their apps. The only difference being they now have a Start Screen instead of menu. Big whoop, assuming admins haven't locked users out from using the menu, there's little change to user's workflow.

Assuming that the users completely ignore Metro apps yes not much has changed.
I do not have any particular issue with the start menu, although there is plenty of room to improve it, but the whole metro apps bandwagon is a mess.

LegendaryRamzi said,
Are you living in the '90s? Business is using touchscreens for years.
point of sale, package-delivery, warehouse, survey, presentation, hospital, ... I can keep typing for hours.

I could add restaurants but we are still speaking about niche markets, not the majority of the computers any Fortune 500 company would put in front of its employees.

LegendaryRamzi said,
Are you living in the '90s? Business is using touchscreens for years.
point of sale, package-delivery, warehouse, survey, presentation, hospital, ... I can keep typing for hours.

Add professional bloggers, and writers to the list. They've been using tablets for a while now.

LegendaryRamzi said,
Are you living in the '90s? Business is using touchscreens for years.
point of sale, package-delivery, warehouse, survey, presentation, hospital, ... I can keep typing for hours.

Yep, our technicians need tablets and Windows 8 is exactly what we've been waiting for so they can run their LoB Windows apps on good hardware in a good form-factor. Ability to run proper Office is great plus unlike other OSs they have zero issues connecting to SharePoint or other business apps.

If MS is following their traditional path they started W9 development before W8 reached RTM.
The critical issue hère Is what they Will deliver before W9 which should arrive i two, two and a half years.

Live from Build 2014

Julie Larson Green: ....we learned a lot, the Start menu is back. Thank you, goodbye, enjoy the rest of the show.

Mr. Dee said,
Live from Build 2014

Julie Larson Green: ....we learned a lot, the Start menu is back. Thank you, goodbye, enjoy the rest of the show.


how about she starts with swinging a middle finger to the whiners?

francescob said,
Now bring back program manager, reversi and booting to DOS!

God damn this is a damn horrible argument.

God damn this is a damn horrible argument.

At least it is an argument, I'm not even sure why some people think MS needs to bring back a start menu. I know, I know, it's 'jarring' - beyond the psychological problems people have that don't relate to reality, there's just no reason.

I would expect the Start screen will change a lot in order to address the things that can make a Start menu more palatable. Also, I find that it is a much, much better launcher for Modern apps than it is for desktop ones, so it will become more pleasant to work with simply for that reason. At the moment I have Start8 in the desktop, but only for desktop applications and use the Start screen only for Modern applications.

The real limitation is the focus on a 100% or 3:1 assignment of the screen to apps in Modern. I appreciate this has probably been done with sensible logic - humans are actually very bad at multi-tasking so having multiple windows on screen may well be less productive in many cases. However I find it is still all too common to need at least two active applications to accomplish one task and the current Modern approach doesn't serve that well. I'd like to see them modify it so that in addition to the current options apps can snap to 50% horizontally across the screen, similar to Aero Snap in desktop mode.

I was going to say something similar, such as MS already knows how lousy Windows 8 is, for most average users, and need to get another OS out soon!

techbeck said,
Probably be another year or two before we even see it. Of course, that depends on Win8 and how well that does to.

Due to the complete failure of windows 8 I think 9 will come sooner than anyone would have expected.

Order_66 said,

Due to the complete failure of windows 8 I think 9 will come sooner than anyone would have expected.

Took 2-3 years for 7 to come out after Vista. So probably that time frame for 9. What is incredible is that it took 6 years for WinXP to be replaced by Win7.

Oh yeah!

Try doing the scale of OS features that they support. Your pant will get wet with pee not understanding the complex engineering stuff that comes from MSFT. It is because of WinMin that they have been able to consolidate and modularize their different OS platforms. Win 7 has better boot times at startup due to driver parallelism which has carried over to Win 8. The most glaring feature loss for Windows and for the industry is the lack of builtin structured relational storage based FS. WinFS was deleted from the feature list for Vista. And the industry (desktop + mobile) continues to use OS FS features that are still archaic and non-structured since the last 25 years.

calahan said,
Oh yeah!

Try doing the scale of OS features that they support. Your pant will get wet with pee not understanding the complex engineering stuff that comes from MSFT. It is because of WinMin that they have been able to consolidate and modularize their different OS platforms. Win 7 has better boot times at startup due to driver parallelism which has carried over to Win 8. The most glaring feature loss for Windows and for the industry is the lack of builtin structured relational storage based FS. WinFS was deleted from the feature list for Vista. And the industry (desktop + mobile) continues to use OS FS features that are still archaic and non-structured since the last 25 years.

Cairo comes in my mind.....

Is Samsung stepping away from Microsoft? the are doing nothing with windows phone 8, pulling out of the windows RT world and seem to no longer have interest in windows products ? is it just me or what is going on they were #1 when windows phone 7 came out

Nokia is the new hotshot in town. As far as I'm aware, Samsung only has one WP8 device: the ATIV S. It's not bad either so I don't know why Samsung isn't investing more in WP8. My guess is their sales haven't been good. And their Galaxy line of smartphones is doing extremely well.

They don't seem t advertise wp8 at all only android. they are really not trying to compete with nokia in the windows space, I'm very surprised, I thought they were more competitive.

Gibbyhome said,
...they are really not trying to compete with nokia in the windows space, I'm very surprised, I thought they were more competitive.

Why compete with Nokia when they own the Android market?
From producing what are arguably the best high end Android phones to schlepping lower end models at a rate of 10 to 1 of the high end phones.

Samsung is still the only company outside Microsoft profiting from Android.

Sweet! I'm sensing that W9/WP9/ is going to truly unite all of the devices not just the kernel, stacks and UI but the whole damn thing. This could be very very interesting.

I think blue is more to do with the framework, so that applications can run on both platforms and itll probably go some ways into uniting them but windows 9 will likely be the completion of their single platform goal