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Windows 9 and 8.1 Update 2 Teased in Leaked Image

By - Source: Myce | B 24 comments

Darn those pesky leaks!

Website Myce has acquired a screenshot from well-known Microsoft leaker Faikee that confirms recent rumors of a second update that will take place later this year, and Windows 9 sometime around April 2015. There's also mention of Office 2015 and another platform called Windows 365. Could this latter option be the cloud-based platform we've heard so much about?

According to the Windows 365 status, the platform is in alpha and based on the Windows core. Unfortunately, that's it for details, but speculation points to a monthly subscription like Microsoft's current Office 2013 suite, with an option to pay every three months, six months or annually. This scenario would mean customers have a limited number of seats (like three per license), and will receive constant updates and new releases automatically.

The screenshot, which looks to be a scan of an internal schedule sheet, reveals that Microsoft is currently building Windows 9, Windows Server 2015 and Windows Phone 9, and presumably trying to keep the experience across all three unified. There's also mention of the "Gemini" Office 2013 Modern UI-based apps, which may be in RTM mode as of this article, as well as Windows Phone 8.1.

There's talk that Windows 9 would be free to customers, but that's unlikely given that Microsoft has bills to pay and needs that income. If anything, the Redmond company may follow its Windows 8.1 plans and offer customers with Windows 8.1 Update 2 a huge discount, while Windows 7 and Windows 8 customers will have to pay for the full upgrade.

Windows 8.1 Update 2 will likely pounce on customers this fall, bearing many requested gifts like the Start Menu for easy navigation for desktop customers. This addition won't be an exact replica we've grown fond of on Windows of old, but a mixture of live tiles and classic elements to make the menu come alive. The Start Menu will also have a search box and power options.

"I previewed some work we are doing for the next iteration of Windows, which builds on the journey we began with Windows 8 just over a year ago as well as the releases we've done since then," said OS department head Terry Myerson during BUILD in April. "In particular, I showed some early thinking on how the user experience in Windows will evolve in a way that will help developers' apps make their way to users across devices and form factors."

Cortana, the virtual assistant residing on Windows Phone 8.1, will likely make an appearance on Windows 9 next Spring. But don't worry; she won't converse with your kids aged 12 and under thanks to the U.S. government's Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA).

As always, take all of this as a mere rumor and speculation -- except for the existence of Update 2, which was confirmed during the BUILD conference.

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    Zepid , May 14, 2014 10:39 AM
    "Thanks to leaked image"

    And where might that image be Tom's? You certainly didn't embed it in the article.
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    bluestar2k11 , May 14, 2014 10:07 AM
    "but a mixture of live tiles and classic elements to make the menu come alive."

    I think microsoft needs to outsource it's "making things come alive" endeavours, they aren't particularly good at it, 3rd party consumer creators would be most ideal. Windows 8's metro display looks about as alive as a brick wall. Just with bigger more coloured blocks, and a few stamps.
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    Zepid , May 14, 2014 10:39 AM
    "Thanks to leaked image"

    And where might that image be Tom's? You certainly didn't embed it in the article.
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    bak0n , May 14, 2014 11:25 AM
    Windows 365. Pay us annually or we will disable your OS. Ya. I can see it already.
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    ultameca , May 14, 2014 12:27 PM
    Haters ruined it for all of us who actually like windows 8 the way it was, I don't wan't the start menu back, it's old, clunky and you can't fit near as much stuff on it the same way you can with the start screen. With the start screen you can have icons for everything, I don't need to scroll through a list of text and pick from that like it's 1995. The start screen never bogs down like the old start menu either, always fast and snappy.
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    dstarr3 , May 14, 2014 12:29 PM
    A subscription-based OS is just the worst, worst idea. Subscription-based programs work fine, like Photoshop. The people who need Photoshop use it to generate income. So that's fine. Because people who don't need Photoshop don't need to buy it, and it isn't necessary to keep the computer you already paid money for up and running. Even the Office Suite, fine. A reasonable subscription fee for Office is acceptable because there are free alternatives. But why should any consumer have to spend money on a computer, and then spend additional money to an OS regularly just to keep the perfectly operational machine working? It's enough just paying for an ISP. It's a tragic idea and I think borderline abusive and immoral to consumers who paid money for a computer.
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    Osmin , May 14, 2014 12:35 PM
    Microsoft is finally listening to their customers but merging the Windows 8 start menu with the Windows 7 start menu. Can't we have a choice and just separate the two? You could even use two start buttons or split a single start button to activate both. After using windows 8 for years, I now would like to keep both versions of the start menu to separate the Windows 8 apps from normal apps or customize all apps the way I want. I also would like to see multiple desktops and the scrolling of non active windows without making them active first. I really want my widgets back to see the Windows 7 calendar and Weather widgets that I found useful on the desktop. A customer has spoken.
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    soccerplayer88 , May 14, 2014 12:56 PM
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    *rabble rabble rabble*


    Well this feels appropriate.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Prp615mmDk
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    CaedenV , May 14, 2014 1:36 PM
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    A subscription-based OS is just the worst, worst idea. Subscription-based programs work fine, like Photoshop. The people who need Photoshop use it to generate income. So that's fine. Because people who don't need Photoshop don't need to buy it, and it isn't necessary to keep the computer you already paid money for up and running. Even the Office Suite, fine. A reasonable subscription fee for Office is acceptable because there are free alternatives. But why should any consumer have to spend money on a computer, and then spend additional money to an OS regularly just to keep the perfectly operational machine working? It's enough just paying for an ISP. It's a tragic idea and I think borderline abusive and immoral to consumers who paid money for a computer.

    I could not agree more! Things like Office 365 is great if you are getting a 4 year $80 student copy, or if you are running a home based business and are not quite ready to jump on the big Office 365 for Business packages yet... but for home users it is a raw deal, and I wish we could get our $120 3 license Home and Student version back.

    Windows 9 and beyond should simply be free of charge. Windows is transitioning to an app ecosystem now, and that is where the real money is. Anything that gets in the way of Store app adoption needs to be killed off as quickly as possible. Make Windows itself free. Fix the store so it is usable. Make windows flexible enough to run at least at a basic level on 15+ year old XP machines. Give options for the Start Screen OR a Start Menu (I love the screen is great for home use, and the menu is great for business/productivity use, there is a need for both). Allow for floating Metro apps on desktop for true multi-tasking. Continue unifying the stores across all flavors of Windows (Phone/RT, Home/Pro, Server, Embedded, etc). Obviously easier said than done, but if MS can succeed at this then they will win the market share back from Android/iOS/Chrome/OSX which have taken a chunk of the share away.
    The big exception to all of this: Disassociate professional features from the core OS. If you want to charge a yearly subscription for businesses to run domain services, or other business/corporate features, then make an added expansion package for the base OS to get your money that way. MS still needs to make money, but the idea that they can continue to charge more than $40 for a copy of windows this day an age is kind of ridiculous.
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    jalek , May 14, 2014 2:11 PM
    They seem to think 9 will get people to upgrade from XP.
    I hope someone in Redmond realizes that most XP users still won't be using a touchscreen.
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    ferooxidan , May 14, 2014 3:41 PM
    If windows 365 turned out to be the full featured OS and windows 9 is more of the basic, then the rise of Steam OS is near. lol

    Windows platform only popular because of PC Gaming anyway (not the sole reason, but game plays a huge role). For productivity we can either use MacOS or Linux along with all the free-alternative-apps like office, etc. For gaming? Steam OS! No more limited library of Mac and Linux now. Truly visionary I must say there, Gabe, for its to be a coincidence.
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    tinmann , May 14, 2014 5:46 PM
    I recently bought a Asus Laptop with Windows 8 pre-installed and it's not so bad that I can't find my way around. I upgraded to 8.1 since it was free and I can't see what all the fuss is about. I probably won't be upgrading my desktops to Windows 8 or 8.1 but for my mobile devices it alright.
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    bebangs , May 14, 2014 6:26 PM
    starting to feel like windows9 is worst than windows8.
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    megiv , May 15, 2014 2:33 AM
    They better give us back a start MENU instead of WINDOW for desktop UI.
    I've got 24" screen , menu is ideal for a user like myself ! Switching whole screen is so annoying (it's the only reason I didn't install windows 8 even though i get it for free from my developer MSDN subscription)
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    back_by_demand , May 15, 2014 4:16 AM
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    Windows 365. Pay us annually or we will disable your OS. Ya. I can see it already.

    Not really, at present you pay once every 3 years or so to get the newest OS, and older OSs don't get the newest features and security updates. So if they drop the fee to a third its current and you pay annually instead of 3 years, then the same will apply. You can keep using your OS as long as you want but if you don't keep up your subscription you will be ineligible for updates and security patches.

    No different than now.
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    daekar , May 15, 2014 6:50 AM
    Who on earth buys a new OS every 3 years? Unless the old one stinks, why would you bother? I have absolutely zero reason to move away from Windows 7.

    A subscription model will see myself and many others simply drop the copy of Windows we maintain and use Linux or another alternative. The only reason I keep Windows is for games, but there is no way I'm paying a subscription on the OS so I can play F2P titles.
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    MrGulio , May 15, 2014 8:33 AM
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    Windows 9 and beyond should simply be free of charge. Windows is transitioning to an app ecosystem now, and that is where the real money is. Anything that gets in the way of Store app adoption needs to be killed off as quickly as possible. Make Windows itself free. Fix the store so it is usable. Make windows flexible enough to run at least at a basic level on 15+ year old XP machines.... MS still needs to make money, but the idea that they can continue to charge more than $40 for a copy of windows this day an age is kind of ridiculous.


    The razor and blade business model has done very well for software in recent years, Microsoft could do well for itself to find a way to make it work.
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    MidnightDistort , May 15, 2014 9:14 AM
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    Haters ruined it for all of us who actually like windows 8 the way it was, I don't wan't the start menu back, it's old, clunky and you can't fit near as much stuff on it the same way you can with the start screen. With the start screen you can have icons for everything, I don't need to scroll through a list of text and pick from that like it's 1995. The start screen never bogs down like the old start menu either, always fast and snappy.


    Then you don't have to use it. You don't like being forced to go back to the way things were because Windows users wanted it that way yet tried to force people to use the new way of doing things. It wasn't just the haters, people didn't want to use W8 because the UI was confusing and irritating. And you don't have to scroll through a list of text on the start menu, there's a search bar on W7 that works just fine and it's not slow at all. Maybe there will be a 3rd party download for those who liked the original W8 format but MS is restoring the start menu because people don't want to use W8. Now if only they could fix the bugs and problems that W8 has and makes the updating easier W8 might be as good as W7.

    But all thanks to Windows 8 and MS's business practice i have decided to move to Linux, not only because it'll save money on upgrading but because i don't want to be hunkered down to just one OS. If Windows becomes 100% cloud i want Linux to fall back on because some people want to change some things that doesn't need changing. The start menu didn't need changing and i have no reason to need a full screen start menu (the start screen) and i don't really see the necessity to go from W7 to W8. If i was on XP i'd be on Linux already before XP's support was dropped. I understand why people don't like W8 and i don't really care whether people like W8 or not, but i don't understand why people act like W8 is the future of doing things or that everyone should adapt or be left behind when some people out there don't know how to tweak their PC or do much of anything besides clicking facebook, a dvd player or using Microsoft Word.

    And to say these people should not be using a PC if they can't learn how to use it, then there wouldn't be PC techs making money on fixing people's PCs.
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    John Kircher , May 15, 2014 8:38 PM
    Does Windows 8 have a desktop version? I have Windows 7. Why would I upgrade to windows 8 when it might force me to lift my arm and touch the screen? Why would i want to learn a completely different operating system when Windows 7 works fine?
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