WinSuperSite’s Paul Thurrott claims Microsoft is preparing a “Threshold” wave of updates, which involves the release of Windows 9 in April 2015. We’re still waiting on the arrival of the company’s “Update 1” for Windows 8.1, but sights are already being set on the distant future. Microsoft will allegedly show off what to expect with Windows 9 during the company’s Build 2014 developer conference in April, and aim for a release twelve months later. Windows 8.1 Update 1 is expected to debut in the spring, with another release, Update 2, expected later in the year.
According to Thurrott, Microsoft will use the release of Windows 9 as an opportunity to tweak some of the biggest criticisms toward Windows 8. A possible area of focus may include the introduction of “Metro 2.0,” which may see Microsoft change how users interact with the company’s tiles—an environment that many feel isn’t suited to the traditional mouse and keyboard environment. Even deeper than that, Microsoft could potentially better incorporate the desktop environment of Windows, and allow apps to float and run in separate windows, instead of always dominating the entire screen in the Tile interface.
While the exact changes to Windows 9 are unclear, the company is expected to wrap up the final planning staged ahead of its Build conference, with development scheduled for June, giving the company about nine months before the new OS launches in April of next year. It’s been a difficult transition period for both users and Microsoft since Windows 8 launched, and it sounds as though Microsoft will put a lot of effort into finding a way to make the opposing approach of Tiles and desktop work more seamlessly. We’ll find out what to expect at Microsoft’s Build 2014 conference in just a few months.