Microsoft Will Reveal Next-Generation Windows Ideas in April 2014
Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) will unveil the plans for its so-called “Threshold” Windows release at the company’s upcoming Build developer conference in April, according to sources cited by Windows SuperSite’s Paul Thurrott via CNET. According to Thurrott, Microsoft will begin development of the next-generation Windows operating system in April of this year and will have it ready for release around April of 2015. Three preliminary versions of the software are expected to be developed before its final release.
According to Thurrott’s sources, the next-generation Windows will likely be called Windows 9 in order to “distance itself from the Windows 8 debacle.” The widely criticized Windows 8 operating system featured a tile interface and was intended to be a touch-based and tablet-friendly version of Windows.
However, the unusual operating system was unpopular with users who were already comfortable with Windows 7 and were reluctant to adopt a new style of operating system, especially after the Windows Vista disaster. In this sense, Microsoft’s next Windows release could be a watershed moment for the software giant.