The computing industry is awash with rumours about the demise of Windows 8 and its successor codenamed 'threshold'.
At TriSys. we have insider information about what is happening at Microsoft and the dynamics of the world of technology in particular business software, so hare are a couple of predictions of what will be in the preview of Windows 9 which will be made public next month.
First off, this is a realistic guess at what the desktop will look like:
You will see that the metro, or 'modern' tiled screen has completely disappeared as a full screen experience and has been minimised into the fully restored 'start' menu, appearing like a tall windows phone display giving access to live tiles.
The other expected innovation will be to allow these metro/modern apps to run in a proper resizable window - most non technical people must have been astonished when forced to run windows applications in full screen and find that they did not work, look or feel like windows applications.
Earlier this month, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella talked about the company strategy with market analysts and did not even mention windows 8 - such is the ambarassment felt by Microsoft at Windows 8 and in fact the resignation of former CEO Steve Ballmer from the board of Microsoft this week, strongly indicates that the board, shareholders and senior employees would like to move on from the debacle of windows 8, hence the rapid release plans for its successor. Steve Ballmer is credited with successively raising the annual turnover of Microsoft during his tenure, however his 'be-like-apple' strategy and his denial that the iPhone/iPad products would revolutionise the technology industry was perhaps his biggest mistake. He has now bought a sports team - it's about baskets, baskets, baskets!
From a personal point of view, I do not hate windows 8, but it is harder to use with too many bugs and breaks too many products which run perfectly on windows 7. The biggest mistake in my opinion was the ill-conceived Windows RT which did not support traditional Win 32 applications and did not even provide the .Net Framework to run products written by ISV's using tools promoted by other divisions within Microsoft. This dismal failure of the first Surface tablet resulting in Microsoft writing off over half a billion dollars in over-stock is in large part due to the lack of compatibility with the tens of thousands of windows applications.
Commentators have noted that every +1 release of windows is always poorly received: Windows 95 - Good, Windows 98 - Bad, Windows 2000 - Good, Windows Me - Bad, Windows XP - Good, Windows Vista - Bad, Windows 7 - Good, Windows 8 - Bad. Let us hope that Windows 9 is indeed Good.