Windows 9 preview targeting a Q2 2015 release

 

We have been hearing for a few months now that Windows 9 has been targeted for the spring of 2015 and now it looks like we are getting more evidence that this development path is still on track.

The information comes from Faikee who posted up an image that is reportedly internal to Microsoft and which shows that Q2-Q3 of 2015 is the target for a preview release. Now, we know that the information is a bit suspect as anyone could mock up that image and try to pull a stunt like this, but considering that Faikee has been a reliable source of information for Windows leaks with Windows 8, we have no reason to call his bluff here.

If Microsoft can stick to its timeline, it will show that they truly are on a rapid release cycle for pushing new versions of Windows out the door. Clearly, Q2 is a ways off and anything could change between now and then, but all indicators are that Microsoft is on track to hit these milestones, based on our own separate sources of information.

The bigger question is what Windows 9 will bring to the table in terms of features. We would expect to see some integration of Cortana and naturally the Start menu will be present too. Expect the Modern UI to get updated as well but the degree of those changes are not clearly known at this time.

There is also the idea that Microsoft knows that the Windows 8 name has a tarnished reputation thanks to the less than optimal user experience at launch. Microsoft has worked quickly to backtrack a bit on some of the decisions of Windows 8 but they know the easiest fix to a bad brand name for Windows 8 is to launch Windows 9.

With that as their motivating factor, these aggressive timelines are put in place to not only keep up with the competition but to also move forward with a new version of Windows as quickly as possible.

Source: MDL via WinBeta

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Please tell me we don't have to start hearing about all this crap already? This stuff get's more sickening then the ads on tv during election year!

Have to agrre with the one poster above who said they can't do much worse. Hopefully not done as stupidly this time. Although I can handle Windows 8, I still don't really care for it, even if it's not as bad as Windows Me was!

This will make Windows 8.x the new 'Windows Vista' then, oh dear as I'm actually starting to enjoy Windows 8,1 and it is really fast on the same laptop compared to Windows 7.

But I do hate the flatness of Metro - reminds me of Windows 2000 / Sun Solaris Desktop, some slight shadowing would of been nice MS.

Time for Window Blinds me thinks (I not plugging Stardock either, wb is very cool IMAO.

Windows 9 needs to continue and extend the developer/API "unification" of Windows (from Phone to Tablet to PC to Console), and bring more feature parity to the UI as well (adding Windows Phone's notification center & cortana to Windows, and Windows' ability to sort the all apps list to Windows Phone), as well as new user interface tweaks (folders on the start screen... by that I mean tiles that hold other tiles, to allow better organization of LOTS of tiles), and some solid desktop improvements to help silence critics that MS was abandoning the desktop. That includes API support for Win32 apps to integrate with the other windows features, including notification center, share charm, etc.

2015 is shaping up to be a big year for Microsoft; Windows 9, Office 2015, Visual Studio 2015, SQL Server 2015 and Windows Phone 9!

bithush said,
2015 is shaping up to be a big year for Microsoft; Windows 9, Office 2015, Visual Studio 2015, SQL Server 2015 and Windows Phone 9!

I'm historically a big MS fan but in recent years their "vision" has driven me away and I've felt they were more and more out of touch with what I needed as both a user and a developer. I'm still running Windows 7, Office 2010, Visual Studio 2010, and I switched to Android when they moved from Windows Mobile 6.x to Windows Phone 7. (They haven't missed a beat IMHO on the server side of things though)

I'm optimistic about future MS products, it's been a while since I could say that. With the changes they've been making in Windows 8.x I'm optimistic that Windows 9 will be something I'll be happy to upgrade to. Likewise I'm confident Office 2015 and Visual Studio 2015 will be excellent products. I'm also very happy to see Microsoft's move to "Universal apps" based on the WinRT "Metro" desktop APIs instead of the Silverlight based Windows Phone 7/8.x APIs. I'm actually excited to see what they come up with in Windows Phone 9 and feel they're finally moving in the right direction though I'm unlikely to switch development from Android right away. I wish them luck and hope their mobile footprint continues to expand. Competition is great.

It's about to be expected. Windows 8 will be 3 years old next year, and that's the usual time frame for MS' OS cycles.

Bring choices to windows 9. for whome like win 7 style make it possible. for whome like windows 8 touch style make it possible. thats all I can say and solve this mystery of TWin-UI duality of apps. make all apps seamless

My non trivial ui-tweaks wishlist

-Native NIC Teaming as in Server 2012
-Make WDS and NPS consoles available in RSAT
-A GPO for IE to ignore web pages loaded by command for example "iexplore.exe http://malwaresite,com"; as this is becoming an increasingly popular method to load adware now that traditional methods don't work anymore,
-Re enable auto pining of applications & allow us to right click tiles when using a start screen layout (to run as a different user, uninstall etc)
That's it

For once, I would love to see Microsoft just release a new OS that is fully clean and polished on the UI side. There are so many UI relics left in Windows 8 dating back to even Windows 95. Icons, the tabbed properties UI etc. I would just love to see some consistency.

I have to agree. If nothing else, please please replace the terribly out of place system icons (Computer, Recycle Bin, Control Panel, etc.) All of these were redesigned for Vista with the glossy, reflective, look. Plus, update the icons in the File Explorer ribbon. Heck, they changed the name of the app, but you still have these old icon styles from Vista or earlier!

devHead said,
I have to agree. If nothing else, please please replace the terribly out of place system icons (Computer, Recycle Bin, Control Panel, etc.) All of these were redesigned for Vista with the glossy, reflective, look. Plus, update the icons in the File Explorer ribbon. Heck, they changed the name of the app, but you still have these old icon styles from Vista or earlier!

Boy would that anger a lot of users and would have them outside my office with torches and pitch forks when I would eol win 7. Many are still irritated at me for taking their XP away. Leave them as they work fine. You don't see Macosx change things every release do you?

I agree with this too. Scrubbing the entire OS, to make the desktop look more consistent with the new Win8/Win9 look and feel is a must.

In addition, they need to go through everything and make sure it works well on high DPI devices. And with Touch. Many of the utilities and such, from Windows Media Player to Windows Photo Viewer, simply work horribly on High DPI displays, or with touch.

Windows 9 needs a lot of UI polish, behavioral polish, etc.

And for the love of god why do I still have apps stealing focus while I type into a different app? It's not as bad as it used to be (in XP), but it's just ridiculous it happens at all. Come on, fix usability issues like that!

sinetheo said,

Boy would that anger a lot of users and would have them outside my office with torches and pitch forks when I would eol win 7. Many are still irritated at me for taking their XP away. Leave them as they work fine. You don't see Macosx change things every release do you?

If that would anger a lot of users, even switching from a 13 year old OS, then maybe they should just stay with Windows 7. And please don't say anything about the hideous UI design of anything in MacOS. That looks like it was unchanged from the glossy macShiny foolishness popular in the 2001.

sinetheo said,

Boy would that anger a lot of users and would have them outside my office with torches and pitch forks when I would eol win 7. Many are still irritated at me for taking their XP away. Leave them as they work fine. You don't see Macosx change things every release do you?

Your right Apple doesn't, however they do tweak the icons to match the flow of the UI. For instance during the Aqua years all the Icons were very glassy. Now the Icons are matte to fit the matte aluminum look of the UI and Hardware. Microsoft can do the same, they can take the glassy Vista / 7 Icons and either flatten them to fit Metro or tone down the glassiness.

I really don't see how UI fit and polish is such a hard thing for Microsoft. Its not like they don't have the personel to look over the OS for these things

That's the difference between PC users vs other platforms. They hate change and put up with Stockholm syndrome like preference for old slow things because its familiar. Not all but the XP crowd I am referring too

sinetheo said,
That's the difference between PC users vs other platforms. They hate change and put up with Stockholm syndrome like preference for old slow things because its familiar. Not all but the XP crowd I am referring too

Tomorrow your company will change your salary:
It will decrease
or
It will increase

Both are changes but the outcome is quite different, isn't it? What the "change" bring on the table is what makes it accepted or rejected.

sinetheo said,
That's the difference between PC users vs other platforms. They hate change and put up with Stockholm syndrome like preference for old slow things because its familiar. Not all but the XP crowd I am referring too

You are entirely too obsessed with the XP crowd. Who cares about them, if they want to die off, let them die off. There's many more younger, faster, smarter people that can replace them.

Studio384 said,
I doubt it, an aweful lot of sources point to 2015 Q2 for the final release date, preview should come much earlier.

I tend to agree: a early preview no later than January/February 2015, another one around May/June and RTM in early August. This would allows OEMs to have W9 devices ready for the "Back to school" time.

Cosmocronos said,

I tend to agree: a early preview no later than January/February 2015, another one around May/June and RTM in early August. This would allows OEMs to have W9 devices ready for the "Back to school" time.

In the fiscal year, that is Q2.

deadonthefloor said,

In the fiscal year, that is Q2.

MS fiscal year yes but the article did not mention it, it just says Q2/Q3. Anyway it does make sense to have W9 RTM by August 2015.

I really like Windows 8.1

Some more refinements would be great, i would love them to also go through the system and clear out old references such as old icons, old windows 7 reference etc... adds to a more polished system, strange that most of the icons in control panel are the same from Win2k era.

Not sure what else i would like to see, the performance in Win8,.1 is great, i love the start screen it works well for me. Very solid OS happy camper over here.

REM2000 said,
I really like Windows 8.1

Some more refinements would be great, i would love them to also go through the system and clear out old references such as old icons, old windows 7 reference etc... adds to a more polished system, strange that most of the icons in control panel are the same from Win2k era.

Not sure what else i would like to see, the performance in Win8,.1 is great, i love the start screen it works well for me. Very solid OS happy camper over here.

My educated guess... and hope is that W9 will bring the "Interactive tiles" and the new "Sidebar" that were shown, and quickly taken down, a while ago.

This, I think they should've been make it inline with windows 8.1 update... So both OS 8.1 version could be the same design. I don't want four different style context menu in win9 ;D

I hope that screen shot of the desktop is not going to be the default appearance. When is the pandering to touch-centric devices going to end?

It's not even representative of the current 8.x release.. missing the new stuff 8.1 added. That said.. so looking forward to that new start screen/menu hybrid thing. Perfect blend of both, if it works as good as I hope it does.

TsarNikky said,
I hope that screen shot of the desktop is not going to be the default appearance. When is the pandering to touch-centric devices going to end?

Tedious. The image is not even 8.1 Update 1, as you well know. I've used 8.1u1 all week (for however many weeks) without being forced to touch it or use touch apps. Then I pick up my cloud-synced tablet later in the day. It's all good.

TsarNikky said,
I hope that screen shot of the desktop is not going to be the default appearance. When is the pandering to touch-centric devices going to end?

I can't wait to see your reaction to what Windows 9 brings. I really hope you like Cloud Computing...

Dot Matrix said,
I can't wait to see your reaction to what Windows 9 brings. I really hope you like Cloud Computing...
The cloud improvements added in Windows 8 were fine, so I don't see the problem. It's only if Microsoft decides to include "improvements" that consumers simply don't want that people will get annoyed.

Dot Matrix said,

I can't wait to see your reaction to what Windows 9 brings. I really hope you like Cloud Computing...

I do not at all but I am reasonably confident that MS, after the reshuffle, will have an open mind approach and offer, from start, an OS with plenty of options hence able to target the widest potential audience.

Strange, many companies now have already employed private clouds. Mine included. In any case. Windows 9 is guaranteed to bring more Metro enhancements, more cloud enhancements, among others. If you think Microsoft is simply done with what they did in Windows 8, you're in for a surprise.

TsarNikky said,
I hope that screen shot of the desktop is not going to be the default appearance. When is the pandering to touch-centric devices going to end?
Agree

Dot Matrix said,
Strange, many companies now have already employed private clouds. Mine included. In any case. Windows 9 is guaranteed to bring more Metro enhancements, more cloud enhancements, among others. If you think Microsoft is simply done with what they did in Windows 8, you're in for a surprise.

This is something that likely, and hopefully, will be Metro 2:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B0zRfxjgheQ

warwagon said,
Well they can't do any worse.

They could put you in charge. And arguably listening to the perma-whiners already made 8.1.1 worse in some ways.

dr_crabman said,

They could put you in charge. And arguably listening to the perma-whiners already made 8.1.1 worse in some ways.

You've got points!

dr_crabman said,

They could put you in charge. And arguably listening to the perma-whiners already made 8.1.1 worse in some ways.

Disappointed that MS listened to its customers instead of its zealots?.....

warwagon said,
Well they can't do any worse.

sure they can, when Windows 9 comes out suddenly everyone's going say "yeah I see no diff between this and Windows 8.2"

dr_crabman said,

They could put you in charge. And arguably listening to the perma-whiners already made 8.1.1 worse in some ways.

In what way is 8.1.1 worse?

Edited by warwagon, May 16 2014, 8:04pm :

dr_crabman said,
They could put you in charge. And arguably listening to the perma-whiners already made 8.1.1 worse in some ways.

Oh I love it when people complain about people who complain. How silly...

Cosmocronos said,

Disappointed that MS listened to its customers instead of its zealots?.....

^this

Tho it is sad that it took microsoft this long to start listening to their customers when they should have been listening to them during the windows 8 preview.