I think those of us who’ve experienced Windows 8 can say that the move to this operating system (OS) from a previous one was not the easiest transition to make, compared to previous Windows releases. However, if you haven’t made the transition yet, or are struggling with the changes, you can rest easy because the word on the street is that Microsoft is preparing to release Windows 9 early next year.
The adoption of Windows 8 in the market went so poorly that manufacturers are still pushing the Windows 7 OS, pre-installing the OS on their PCs instead of Windows 8. Furthermore, according to Net Applications, the Windows 8 OS’s market share (12.54%) has declined recently, and both Windows 7 and the XP versions actually have larger market shares (51.22% and 24.82%, respectively).
We won’t know the full details of the Windows 9 release until later this month when Microsoft previews the release, but purportedly, the new OS will not be another dramatic redesign. It will likely be a return to something more familiar, like Windows 7. A number of improvements will be targeted at issues users had with the drastic changes to the user interface we’ve seen in Windows 8. For example, Microsoft has already announced that the Start menu will return, which was a popular feature missing from Windows 8. In addition, the Windows 8 Charms bar for shortcuts to system functions will likely be removed in Windows 9.
If the Windows 9 release is a return to the more familiar look and feel we are all used to, Windows 8 may become an operating system of the past sooner rather than later.
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