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Windows 9: Much ado about little, given cloud shift

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    Windows 9: Much ado about little, given cloud shift


    Microsoft will reportedly launch Windows 9 on September 30 and could ultimately be known as the last of the software giant's big bang operating system releases.

    According to The Verge, Microsoft will feature "Threshold," or Windows 9 on Sept. 30. Mary Jo Foley reported last week that Microsoft would preview what will be Windows 9 later in September.

    While the Windows 9 christening will kick off a march to a general public roll out in spring of 2015, it's worth outlining why the operating system is strategic today, but a mere transition product if you zoom out beyond two years.

    The Wall Street Journal asked whether Microsoft needed all the hubbub around Windows 9. The short answer is yes — for now.

    In a short-term lens, Windows 9 is critical because:

    • Microsoft needs to put the Windows 8 launch to bed to get us talking about something other than Vista analogies;
    • The software giant needs to refine Windows to be both touch and non-touch friendly;
    • Windows needs to hook into Microsoft's platform and productivity mantra;
    • And Windows needs to lay the groundwork for a faster development cadence as well as a cloud approach.
    Read more at: Microsoft's Windows 9: Much ado about little, given cloud shift | ZDNet

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    Windows 9 is the bridge between Microsoft's past of big bang releases and a licensing model to one focused on the cloud


    I really don't like that.

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    How much additional Internet bandwidth will be required to support this?
    The Internet is too slow currently.

    Don't forget that the movie/TV sites will probably start providing so-called "4K" content to their subscribers (if they aren't already).

    How much additional hardware will MS need to install to meet usage requirements?
    They've had server capacity issues before.
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    I saw this article on a South African tech site today ..
    Windows 9 coming soon: report
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    Quote Originally Posted by vrosa View Post
    Windows 9 is the bridge between Microsoft's past of big bang releases and a licensing model to one focused on the cloud


    I really don't like that.

    Windows 10 is supposed to be a cloud OS only. Signing in with Live account was optional in 8, in 9 it will be more or less optional and in 10 it will be, interesting. No wonder, 10 is supposed to be another bad Windows, so it fits. Then again a licence linked to an account sounds good, there should be no problems with an activation or support for paying customers. But I wont be able to buy a "legal" licence for 10€ anymore.
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    That would be a major disaster for ms. I'll make them long for the good old days of vista and win8. Who knows, maybe a shareholder revolt is just what they need.

    On the other hand, if they take nothing else from the disaster that was 8, is that they absolutely have to do a better job at gauging what their customer base wants, and not just rely on the opinions of the fanbois.
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    Based on Windows 8 and 8.1, I, for one, am in no hurry to be Microsoft's guinea pig again....................I'm just going to relax and watch from the sidelines.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rickkins View Post
    That would be a major disaster for ms. I'll make them long for the good old days of vista and win8. Who knows, maybe a shareholder revolt is just what they need.

    On the other hand, if they take nothing else from the disaster that was 8, is that they absolutely have to do a better job at gauging what their customer base wants, and not just rely on the opinions of the fanbois.
    Do you feel like Windows 9 is going to sell like crazy? I think too many users have shifted away from desktop computing to really cause Windows 9 to take off. I'd say adoption is going to be roughly the same as it is Windows 8.
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    My guess, and it is only a guess, is that it well sell better than 8.

    First, most 8ers will drop 8 and come a running. On top of that, many others who had put off upgrading because of the mess that 8 was, will also come a running.

    So yes, it should do better, so long as they don't unlearn what they surely must have learned in 8's wake.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vrosa View Post
    Windows 9 is the bridge between Microsoft's past of big bang releases and a licensing model to one focused on the cloud


    I really don't like that.

    I agree. That spells trouble. Especially for those with slow connections and worries about data safety.
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