Windows has been the most popular consumer and business operating system for decades, and will likely continue to be so for many years to come. Microsoft is hard at work to innovate the traditional Windows desktop ecosystem to remain fresh and relevant amongst competition from Apple and the newcomer to the computing space: Chrome OS. Read on to learn more about what we know about Windows 9 so far.
The start menu was the largest point of controversy with WIndows 8. Windows 8.1 seeked to revert some of the touch screen specific features that keyboard and mouse users (the vast majority of people) hated, and was somewhat successful. Windows 9 appears to revert to a hybrid of the Windows 7 and 8 start menu - giving back the small task bar menu in the bottom left corner, while still using the beatutiful metro interface. Check out the leaked Windows 9 image for a preview of what the start menu will likely look like.
it is widely expected that Windows 9 will officially release in April 2015 - a mere 9 months away. This release date is subject to change, but has been all but confirmed by numerous sources.
The exact pricing of Windows 9 is not yet known, but it will likely be as close to $0 as it can. On the high end market, Apple releases its latest operating systems at no charge. On the low end market Chrome OS also provides its operating system at no cost to OEM’s (Original Equipment Manufacturer) who are looking to create Chrome devices.
If Microsoft wishes to remain price relevant in the minds of OEM’s, it must reduce the cost of Windows (Currently Windows 8.1 costs $100 and up, depending on version).
It is expected that Windows 9 will be the first Windows operating system to be 64 bit only. (The only reason 32 bit versions of Windows exist is for legacy software that some users rely on). Traditional 32 bit system are limited to 3.9 GB’s of RAM, among other limitations. A 64 bit operating system can utilize more RAM than is currently possible for consumer level PC’s.
Other features are not yet known at this time, but it is expected for Windows 9 to be a smaller update then past Windows operating systems. Microsoft is moving towards a faster release cycle with more iterative updates, instead of major updates every 5 years or so with massive changes. The smaller update system is both more palatable for standard users (as it avoids major changes which can confuse) and keeps the OS more fresh, as it is constantly being updated.
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