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Rumor: Windows Phone 9 Will Be Built from Scratch

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Microsoft is redesigning its mobile OS (again).

Microsoft took a fresh approach when designing Windows Phone 7. The operating system was a complete departure from Windows Mobile 6.5 and though Windows Phone 8 shares a lot of the same design elements as Windows 8 for desktop, it doesn't actually run the same apps as Windows Phone 7. Now it looks as though Microsoft is ready to redesign mobile once again.

According to Eldar Murtazin of Mobile Review, the next version of Windows Phones will be both a tablet and smartphone operating system. What's more, Murtazin says we'll see a whole new UI that will be different to Metro UI (though, he notes, Microsoft won't actually be able to admit mistake with Metro, as it's been pushing the interface so actively in advertising). He says the new version will be developed almost from scratch.

If you've been eying up one of the current Windows Phone 8 devices and are now panicking about it being out of date, you needn't worry. Murtazin notes that this OS doesn't yet exist and will likely only be completed in 2015.

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    weierstrass , July 15, 2013 1:05 PM
    People don't like the UI on desktops, why do they want to get rid of it on phones and tablets?
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    nord_musician , July 15, 2013 1:10 PM
    Just let users change the UI for the next windows phone version, just as i do with launchers on android
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    nikolayivanov321 , July 15, 2013 1:11 PM
    So basically they are finally admitting that the so called Metro or Modern UI is a complete and utter failure?
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    nitrium , July 15, 2013 1:14 PM
    I guess Balmer is hoping with they can break the 4% market share with a new OS!
    http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-57584784-94/windows-phone-jumps-to-third-place-in-smartphone-market/
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    hotice , July 15, 2013 1:26 PM
    Microsoft needs to do what Nintendo needs to do. Make versions of your software for all the other hardware that's out there!!!
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    soldier44 , July 15, 2013 1:27 PM
    Win 9 will be what 8 should have been and when I will update from 7. I want no part of 8 or 8.1
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    littleleo , July 15, 2013 1:36 PM
    So if you plan on buying a Windows phone wait till 2015 for Windows 9? What if it's worse then Windows 8?
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    belardo , July 15, 2013 1:39 PM
    WP9 will not be compatible with WP8.. WP9 will be a single big tile.
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    brucek2 , July 15, 2013 1:42 PM
    Well with that decision done, would it be possible to enable a "desktop only" mode in Windows 8 now in which all UI decisions would be optimized for desktop users?

    Ironic that unless their approach to windows changes, the only place that Metro will continue to exist is on the desktop, where it was never a comfortable fit.
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    tolham , July 15, 2013 1:45 PM
    i have a windows phone 8 and the UI is wonderful. i havent tried windows 8 on a PC so i can't comment on that, but the mobile OS is great, i dont see why they need to rebuild it from scratch.
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    Murissokah , July 15, 2013 1:56 PM
    So we're stuck with metro on the desktop, but it's no good for mobiles? The whole point of inflicting that awful UI on desktop users was that they'd be able to provide a familiar interface on all kinds of devices. Every time I press the windows key I feel like my little brother shoved a tablet in my face.
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    flyflinger , July 15, 2013 2:02 PM
    Great, more FUD to keep the app developers from committing to WP.
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    SteelCity1981 , July 15, 2013 2:05 PM
    and windows 9 for the pc will hopefully follow suit and run and feel like windows 7.
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    stevejnb , July 15, 2013 2:09 PM
    The actual UI isn't what I'm interested in so much - frankly, Metro, Windows phone 7 and 8 both work fine strictly as the basis for UI's - but rather, I'm interested in what's going on with control and access... Mainly, the file system, and whether you can access data through syncing or a proper file system. This will be telling for MS's future plan - do they want to go for a platform where they control everything like iOS, or a platform that gives substantially more access to what's under the hood, like Android and proper Windows.

    I VERY much hope for the latter, as I will NOT be getting another Windows phone without more free access to the file system and less of this syncing BS.
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    back_by_demand , July 15, 2013 2:36 PM
    If WP and Windows divisions have been merged, expect to see a lot of power deferred to the cloud, the same way the XB1 offloads AI to the Cloud I am sure your heavy processing tasks will have that facility. You can probably still have traditional local processing but limited by your hardware. As it is version 9 expect Cloud to appear in the name too, perhaps Windows Cloud 9
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    phatboe , July 15, 2013 2:43 PM
    Is MS retarded or what? People don't want metro on the Desktop/Laptop, Pretty sure people actually like metro on mobile devices.
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    falchard , July 15, 2013 3:24 PM
    Metro on Windows Phone 8 is a little messed up but should be fixed with Windows Phone 8.1. I love the metro interface in Windows Phone 7.
    I am pretty sure Microsoft wants to achieve two things with all its devices, a unified interface so you can go from device to device without much change. They want an interface that will propel them into the leading smartphone OS.
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    JPNpower , July 15, 2013 3:51 PM
    (meanwhile at Microsoft)

    Lets improve Metro on phones/tablets, but keep it on desktop!
    Lets add a desktop to phones!
    Lets improve desktop battery life!
    How about a monthly subscription for OSs?
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    memadmax , July 15, 2013 3:58 PM
    Metro is GREAT on phones/tablets...
    But it SUCKS for desktops....
    Why is this concept so hard for MS to understand????????
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    hannibal , July 15, 2013 4:31 PM
    If this rumour is true, this is touch based interface (for phones and tablets), so anyone hoping some miracle change in desktop environment will be very disappointed...
    Off course WP9 will be different than WP8.X... Otherwise it would be WP8.Y.
    It will be touch based just like WP8, but a little bit different UI (everybody expect that from new OS version...). It will have some new versions and if this rumour is true, it will be the same as the version that is being used in RT type tablets... When phones are developing so fast, it is easy to see that it is more sensible to develop a windows version that can run also in phone and tablet. You can use same programs etc...
    What does this mean regarding desktop win9, nobody know, but if I have to ques, it will be quite similar from UI perspective than WP9. A touch based "upgraded" metro UI. Let's call it Metro2 and you see the point...
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