WASHINGTON: Just eight day remaining in Microsoft’s event, the anticipation Windows 9 is getting higher with new leaked images of company’s upcoming operating system.
The launch of Windows 8.1 was allot more smother then the Windows 8. Now Windows 9 is expected to be allot better than its predecessor which itself one of the successful operating system.
There are also patents, which may or may not be relevant, and some rare comments from developers on the Windows team. Here’s what we’ve heard about Windows 9 and what we think is happening.
The new update features improvements to the Start Screen including the ability to boot straight into the Desktop, the return of shutdown on Start and a more familiar taskbar to unify the old and new user interfaces.
The new Start Menu is present – a combination of the old Windows 7 Start Menu and the current one on Windows 8.x start screen.
A new Task View button on the taskbar will allow you to switch between running apps and will see the introduction of virtual or custom desktops, something Linux and Mac users have had for ages.
Microsoft also introduced a new feedback programme called the Windows Insider Preview Programme, which allows users to get more regular preview builds and provide frequent feedback to Microsoft
While still just a codename, Windows 9 was referenced by Microsoft in a job posting, spotted by MSFT Kitchen on 13 March 2013.
One thing which will hurt 32 bit users is that the new operating system will be designed for only 64 bit and 128 bit system, according to report.
So if you are using 32 bit system you can’t enjoy the Windows 9 unless you upgrade your system to 64 bit at least.
A Bing Software Development Engineer, says that the team will be delivering products “in areas including Windows 9, IE11 services integration, touch friendly devices including iPad and more.”
According to Microsoft communications chief Frank Shaw, Microsoft wasn’t ready to talk about how often Windows might come out when we spoke to him in January, but he agreed “you have certainly seen across a variety of our products a cadence that looks like that; Windows Phone is a good for example of that, our services are a good example of that”.
Some rumours have suggested late 2014 or early 2015 for a Windows 9 release, though the former seems wide of the mark.
But recent leaked images and reports suggest that the new operating system set to launch on company’s September 30 event.
In the last Microsoft earnings call CFO Peter Klein made it clear that Microsoft has got the message that Windows 8 tablets need to be cheaper; “we know that our growth depends on our ability to give customers the exciting hardware they want, at the price-points they demand.”
Another revealing Microsoft job advert talks about having Windows Phone and Windows RT apps run on both Windows Phone and Windows – it’s no secret that Microsoft wants to unify things in this area.
A recent Channel 9 video featuring Bruce Worthington, who leads the team working on Windows power management fundamentals, included some rather technical details about saving power in Windows and the improvement in Windows 8.
We would literally be waking up the CPU a thousand times per second. If you look at Windows 8, on a clean system, we have numbers that are better than a hundred milliseconds. “
Now that Windows Phone 8 is based on the Windows Phone kernel, power management has to get better. “Now we’re looking forward to the next release and we can get even farther – especially as we start interacting more and more with our phone brethren.
“They want us to be quiet for multiple seconds at a time. They even talk about minutes in some scenarios which is pretty far afield for us, to be thinking about minutes of being completely quiet. At least getting into the multi-second we’re definitely ready to think about that.”
Especially with Intel Haswell bringing Connected Standby to Core systems, not just low-power Atom tablets, saving power looks like a priority for Windows 9 (especially if it comes out at the same time as Intel’s new chips.
There are features we predicted for Windows 8 based on Microsoft patents and technologies we’ve seen demonstrated by Microsoft leaders like CTO Craig Mundie that didn’t make it into the OS. There are features Microsoft plans for every version of Windows that get cut to ship on time; sometimes they reappear, sometimes they don’t.
Kinect-based 3D gestures might be on the cards this time around, especially as we hear that some notebooks will soon get 3D cameras although from other suppliers rather than Microsoft.
Using two cheap webcams rather than an expensive 3D camera could make gesture recognition hardware cheap enough for laptops and then you could wave at the screen from a distance.
The patent explains this as a way of starting Windows to play media files in a special purpose operating system and there are improvements in Hyper-V for Windows Server 8 that Microsoft could use to make Windows 9 work better for this, like being able to move a virtual machine from one place to another while it’s running.
Maybe that would even work with the next version of the Xbox – which will be based on the Windows kernel and is expected to ship in the autumn.
So these are the few report and rumours that gives us the hints of new upcoming operating system from Microsoft. We will keep you updated on this stay tuned for more.