Microsoft to announce Windows 9 in April?

According to recent reports, Microsoft will officially announce Windows 9 in the BUILD Developers Conference that is scheduled to be held in April. It is expected that the Build Conference will be focused mainly on Xbox and Windows Phone but the biggest surprise could infact be the announcement of the next major version of Windows.

Paul Thurrot, a prominent Microsoft blogger has claimed that after the mixed reception of Windows 8, Microsoft is set to drop the Windows 8 brand name and move on to its successor, codenamed “Threshold”. Here is what Paul had to say on the matter

“To distance itself from the Windows 8 debacle, Microsoft is currently planning to drop the Windows 8 name and brand this next release as Windows 9. That could change, but that’s the current thinking.”

Other than this, Paul had the following interesting points

“Microsoft will not be providing developers with an early alpha release of “Threshold” at BUILD, and for a good reason: The product won’t even begin development until later that month. Right now, Microsoft is firming up which features it intends to deliver in this release.

…… Maturing and fixing the “Metro” design language used by Windows will be a major focus area of Threshold. It’s not clear what changes are coming, but it’s safe to assume that a windowed mode that works on the desktop is part of that.

Microsoft expects to deliver three milestone releases of “Threshold” before its final release. It’s unclear what these releases will be called (Beta, Release Candidate, etc.) or which if any will be provided to the public.”

Microsoft will start working on Windows ‘Threshold’ soon and it plans to ship it as early as April 2015.

What are your thoughts on this? Will Windows 9 be a success? Let us know.

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