With the Windows 8.1 upgrade getting released later this month, there is renewed interest in a future release of Windows 9.
Given the overall disappointment in Windows 8, there is a lot of expectation in what will be included in Windows 9.
It’s not certain when Windows 9 will be released. One report suggests it will be in November 2014. It may be launched in a beta version in January, the report adds.
Earlier this year it was reported by Tech Radar that Windows 9 would “be cheaper, smaller, with more apps.”
In addition, someone named WZOR, an unknown analyst from Russia who follows Windows, predicts Windows 9 will be released sometime in 2014.
It will include the Aero UI, WZOR adds. The user interface was dropped from Windows 8. It was seen in Vista and Windows 7.
“In 2006, Windows Vista substantially changed the visual appearance of Windows, introducing the Aero visual style,” according to a Microsoft blog post by Jensen Harris, director of program management for Windows 8. “Aero gave the appearance of highly-rendered glass, light sources, reflections, and other graphically complex textures in the title bars, taskbar, and other system surfaces. These stylistic elements represented the design sensibilities of the time, reflecting the capabilities of the brand-new digital tools used to create and render them. This style of simulating faux-realistic materials (such as glass or aluminum) on the screen looks dated and cheesy now, but at the time, it was very much en vogue…Aero was designed to help people focus less on the window chrome itself, and more on the content within the window. It draws the eye away from the title bar and window frames, and towards what is valuable and what an app is about.”
Also, Windows 9 could have improved power management. “Saving power looks like a priority for Windows 9 (especially if it comes out at the same time as Intel's (News - Alert) new chips),” Tech Radar adds.
It may also see more in the way of Kinect-based 3D gesturing, Direct Experience, and it might be limited to 64-bit, Tech Radar reported.
There have been reports, too, how Windows may see a single Windows store.
“On the surface, Microsoft's newly stated rededication to having a single, solitary Windows Store – one that includes both Windows Phone apps and Metro/WinRT apps – sounds like a lot of verbal handwaving,” according to a report from Info World. “Windows OS chief Terry Myerson may be hinting at a significant bottom-up rewiring of the Windows app ecosystem, which could bode very well for the next version of Windows, both on x86 and on ARM (News - Alert) platforms, from phones to desktops.”
Looking further ahead, the cloud could play a bigger role in Windows 10, based on other predictions from WZOR.
Meanwhile, Windows 8.1 will be upgraded on Oct. 17 for free for users of Windows 8. Microsoft is now taking preorders. Windows 8.1 will ship on Oct. 18. Users of Windows 7 will be able to pay $120 to order the Windows 8.1 upgrade. It will come as a DVD or a digital download, CNET reports.