Well it’s official Microsoft is scrapping Windows 8. Sales of the of the operating system have been very poor and it is even losing market share to Windows 7. In a blog post by Microsoft Senior Marketing Communications Manager Brandon LeBlanc, he says there will be no more major updates for Windows 8.
The latest major update was the Windows 8.1 patch released in April, which helped the operating system, but it still remains far from perfect. It seems like now Microsoft is pulling the plug. The the blog post LeBlanc states, “despite rumours and speculation, we are not planning to deliver a Windows 8.1 ‘Update 2’.”
LeBlanc did reassure Windows 8 users that Microsoft will, “use our already existing monthly update process to deliver more frequent improvements along with the security updates.” So with no major updates on the horizon it looks like Microsoft is putting an axe to Windows 8. It is quite clear that the next major update will be Windows 9. Windows 8 will only be two years old at the end of October and this does not bring confidence to users who expect Microsoft operating systems to last 12 years like Windows XP.
Microsoft will be offering a free preview of Windows 9 later this fall. We should see Windows 9 launched sometime in 2015.