Washington: Software giant Microsoft preparing to launch its next operating system, reports claims that the new operating system will be called Windows 8.2.
After number of complaints regarding Windows 8 and Window 8.1 company is planning to announce new operating system.
The reports claims that the new operating system likely to land in 2014. The reports also suggesting that it will be likely to be called Windows 8.1 or Windows 9.
Microsoft face the lot of complains regarding the original Windows 8, while company try to solve many problems in its recently launched operating system Windows 8.1. But still some errors remain.
Microsoft could be launching the new operating system before the expected launch.
With Windows 8.1, Microsoft addressed some of the problems that scuffed the original Windows 8 release, smoothing the cracks between desktop and touch UIs, improving snapped apps, and allowing users to boot direct to the desktop, among other tweaks and fixes. For many, this is the software that Microsoft should have launched in 2012.
For others, Windows 8.1 simply makes Windows 8 slightly less terrible. The truth is that, while Windows 8.1 improves Windows 8, the consensus is that it doesn’t do enough. Before an all-new, rewritten-from-the-ground-up, cloud embracing Windows 9 appears, we might Windows 8.2 as a stop-gap.
While Microsoft listened to user feedback and reinstated the Start button in Windows 8.1, they didn’t make it intuitive.
Clicking the Start icon simply takes you to the Metro Start screen. You need to right-click the icon to bring up a Start Menu, with more familiar quick links to Task Manager, Control Panel and Shut Down. Even this menu isn’t strictly new: it’s hidden in Windows 8 (press and hold the Windows key and press X to open it).
Windows 8.2 could make the Start Menu easier to access and it would be an ideal opportunity to improve the discoverability of other useful options that are currently buried in sub-menus – “boot to desktop” being one, the option to shut down your PC another.
While Microsoft is at it, Windows 8.2 should reinstate Libraries in File Explorer, which don’t show by default. Yes, you can turn them back on. But again, the option isn’t easy to find. Microsoft’s fondness for labyrinthine menu structures is frustrating, especially for inexperienced users.
If there is a Windows 8.2 release in the future, there’s a strong chance it will be another OS polish – there’s still some work to be done eliminating non-Metro menus to reduce the jarring switch between the new and old UIs. That said, Microsoft needs to accept that many users don’t own touchscreen devices and want a traditional Windows desktop experience.
The traditional Desktop, running apps in desktop windows to reduce the amount of time you spend switching from one UI to another? Microsoft only needs to look as far as Stardock’s clever ModernMix software, which already gives you the ability to do this. Stardock also sells a fully-featured Start Menu addon (Start8), which is a better solution to the half-baked Windows 8.1 version.
Microsoft has been talking about unifying its Windows Phone and Windows app stores and, while this missed the Windows 8.1 update, rumours of a 2014 release would fit neatly with any plans for Windows 8.2.
Such unification is necessary for Microsoft’s vision of Windows across devices, but it would also improve the experience for users and developers alike. A Microsoft job posting back in February posed the question: “Do you wish the code you write for Windows Store apps would just work on the Windows Phone and vice versa?” That suggests this isn’t a case of “if” but “when.”
One thing is clear that there might not be a Windows 8.2 and Microsoft might skip straight ahead to Windows 9, sweeping Windows 8 hurriedly under the corporate rug. Little is known about the next Windows OS bar the fact that it will involve more cloud integration and potentially some of the cloud processing cleverness debuting in the Xbox One.
Whether we see Windows 8.2 or Windows 9, the next iteration of Windows will try to move us closer to the “one Microsoft” vision. The current “three Microsofts” approach – Windows 8, Windows Phone and Windows RT – is far too confusing for consumers.