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.
A couple more Windows 9 “Threshold” screenshots have emerged online. While the about Windows section in the second images still says it is Windows 8.1 Pro, it is said that this is expected to persist until Microsoft actually decides what to call the Windows Threshold project. The first image shows that Metro Apps will be able to run on the Windows desktop in a traditional window.
It seems we have been hearing more and more about Windows 9 lately. Microsoft is working on this build of Windows and the biggest news is that they could be ditching the metro interface, but it seems the Windows 8 element will be incorporated into the start menu.
In a bid to stem piracy, Microsoft is expected to introduce a new activation system with its next major release of Windows. BetaNews, citing a Russian source who has a good track record with Microsoft, says that Microsoft will do away with software keys.
Microsoft’s upcoming Windows 9 operating system (codenamed Threshold) is said to be made available in public preview form this fall. Windows 9 will replace Microsoft’s current Windows 8 operating system.
It looks like Microsoft will finally be listening to its users and plans to make Windows 9 (codename Threshold) more desktop friendly. Microsoft is going to step away from trying to force touch on users and will design features specifically for the mouse and keyboard.