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Rumor: Windows 9 May Be Revealed Next Week

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Currently, there's a rumor started by well-known Russian Windows leaker WZor that Microsoft may actually start talking about Windows 9 "Threshold" during the Worldwide Partner Conference 2014 next week. WZor also believes that Microsoft will use this window to introduce Windows 8.1 Update 2, which will supposedly be released by mid-August.

As previously reported, Microsoft is expected to offer a preview of Windows 9 later this fall, followed by the full retail release in Q2 or Q3 of 2015. Rumor has it that Microsoft wants to get Windows 8 off the radar, and have customers focused on the newer platform. Update 2 will be the last major update to the Windows 8 family; the platform will be patched, but not enhanced in any way.

WZor reveals that Microsoft will dump loads of money into advertising Windows 9, with a huge focus on the return of the Start Button and Menu. The site also stresses that Microsoft is changing the activation method, thanks to problems related to Microsoft in China. This bit of extra work is slowing down the overall development, which probably led to last week's rumor that Windows 9 might not arrive until Q3 2015.

According to WZor, the new method has users logging into Microsoft Store to activate the platform rather than handing over a key that could be re-sold. "Installing ESD-RETAIL systems on new hardware or restoring system on the old one, will require to "detach" old installation from Microsoft Store, and only after that, it'll be possible to activate new system," the site reports.

WZor reports that if customers try to activate the same distribution on three PCs, and there's only one license, Windows Store will cancel activation after three days until the user "detaches" the extra two systems. Only one license will be granted to each machine.

What's interesting about the WZor post is the use of the term "rent." Does Microsoft plan to offer a monthly subscription? Microsoft has already crossed that bridge with Office 2013, allowing customers to pay $9.99 per month and receive updates immediately rather than three years down the road. We've heard in the past that Microsoft was toying with the idea. Honestly, a five-seat subscription bundle would be an interesting product.

"Right now developers of the new activation system and experts of new products promotion are discussing on these topics. To be more specific, they are discussing how to make possible to rent a product or working time on it," WZor writes.

Interesting.

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    drwho1 , July 10, 2014 5:27 PM
    rent an OS?
    hell NO!
    not ever!
    also about the activation method... I rather have a useful KEY...
    me personally usually reinstall every OS a few times ... so having to use the "store" online is just another hassle that I don't need.
    Long Live Windows 7!
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    rolandzhang3 , July 10, 2014 5:10 PM
    I wouldn't have a problem with the subscription based payment method if they also offered a one time payment
  • 4 Hide
    Quarkzquarkz , July 10, 2014 5:11 PM
    Ahhh the good ol' subscription system. Heck, I wouldn't be surprised at all if they even added micro-transactions like they do in some games today. Just amazing what corporations today will do for a buck you know? God Bless America.. *Insert massive sarcasm here* =(
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    The3monitors , July 10, 2014 5:15 PM
    No I am not going to "rent" my OS. I would pay $1 per month max if they went that route otherwise I would start purchasing an apple (yeah I know I said it)
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    drwho1 , July 10, 2014 5:27 PM
    rent an OS?
    hell NO!
    not ever!
    also about the activation method... I rather have a useful KEY...
    me personally usually reinstall every OS a few times ... so having to use the "store" online is just another hassle that I don't need.
    Long Live Windows 7!
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    JOSHSKORN , July 10, 2014 5:44 PM
    I wouldn't mind renting an OS if the cost over 5 (maybe 6) years came out to the same as purchasing any version of Windows OS, today. That's about how long I'll have had Windows 7 until they finally have a decent OS for me to upgrade to. Microsoft seems to have a history of releasing one bad OS followed by a good one, then that cycle repeats.
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    jasonelmore , July 10, 2014 5:46 PM
    Quote:
    No I am not going to "rent" my OS. I would pay $1 per month max if they went that route otherwise I would start purchasing an apple (yeah I know I said it)


    LAWL with apple your paying a extra $300-500 up front when you buy their hardware. It's all just factored in. It's kind of like buying a $7 drink at the movies that has tax, and employee wages. It's just factored in, at least Microsoft is up front at what your paying and what you are getting.
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    thechief73 , July 10, 2014 5:56 PM
    I cannot believe I never noticed before, but MS has pulled off the Coca Cola recipe switch with Windows OS successfully now three times and is on its way to number four. As for the new activation and whatever scheme they come up with for purchase..... HELL NO!
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    DragonFireXY , July 10, 2014 5:59 PM
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    otherwise I would start purchasing an apple (yeah I know I said it)

    Why apple? There's always linux (which is free).
  • 4 Hide
    danwat1234 , July 10, 2014 6:10 PM
    A new activation method? Yay for wasted R&D, I'm sure Windows 9 will be cracked.
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    PennyLife , July 10, 2014 7:06 PM
    Do not want subscription model for Windows OS. Primarily because I think it would raise the standalone OS price, and I quite enjoy being able to buy the OEM Windows OS for only about $100 right now. If they do a subscription model of say, $50 per year, then the OEM pricing would probably start around $150.
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    Jay Stew , July 10, 2014 7:11 PM
    I guess those of us on The excellent Island of Windows 7 will be waiting for the Windows 10. Those of you all Vista users who went to Windows 8 and found out what screwing was all over again I'm sure won't be buying into Windows 9 and those on Windows 8 having researched the term "downgrade" have learned from your early middle or late adoption of Windows 8 mistakes too.

    That is all of course if Microsoft is still around in the years to come when Windows 10 will in their development cycle. Another OS like Windows 8 or Vista or a silly plan like rentin' your OS but missing a payment locks out all your documents unless you pay a "40 lost key/payment F U reactivation fee" , another design decision like this will kill the company. Then maybe a more competent solftware developer can buy the Windows Brand and actually innovate.

    Show us where Office 365 is more valuable than Office 2010 or even Office 2007?
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    dimar , July 10, 2014 8:01 PM
    Looks like the new CEO is even more greedier than Balmer. Hope SteamOS will peak up by then. SteamOS for games, and Linux for other stuff.
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    Bondfc11 , July 10, 2014 9:18 PM
    Wait I am still on 7 and only now barely thinking of 8 as I build another new system. Now 9 is around the corner? Damn - too bad since I would love a new install of 7 over 8. FU Microsoft - I am really starting to hate you guys (and touch sucks for us gamers and our machines).
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    edogawa , July 10, 2014 9:29 PM
    I'm fine with a subscription model as long as it's reasonably priced. $10 a year would be reasonable to me, even 15.

    Their office 365 subscription deal is very good now too, office with 1TB of storage PER user.

    I still think they should offer a non subscription copy though to make it easier for some people.

    Nothing will change, and this may be good for people who don't want to spend a lot at once for an OS. $10 dollars a year for Windows? - I will spend 5 to 10 dollars on lunch every day, not very economically draining to go subscription.

    It really depends on how much it will be per year. A typical Windows OS is around $100 on Amazon, so it could be $25 per year for 4 years, or $20 dollars per year for 5 years. It's all up in the air right now though. I think it would be fantastic for gamers doing system builds, spending 10$ now instead of $100 when you buy a $600-$800 system, or even office PC's. As I said, it's how much they plan to charge. There are pros to this, but people seem to see it as Microsoft doing evil when this can benefit lower class folks who need a copy, and don't want to spend a chunk of change at once.
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    ferooxidan , July 10, 2014 9:45 PM
    I can say that Gabe Newell is really a visionary man. Steam that support linux, SteamOS to host all of your Steam games, completed with the news of subscription based Windows. Perfect! Hello you beautiful Ubuntu which I'll dual boot with SteamOS in the coming years.
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    knowom , July 10, 2014 9:56 PM
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    Wait I am still on 7 and only now barely thinking of 8 as I build another new system. Now 9 is around the corner? Damn - too bad since I would love a new install of 7 over 8. FU Microsoft - I am really starting to hate you guys (and touch sucks for us gamers and our machines).
    That's not true at all touch is great for sex games and love machines! BAZINGA!!!!!!
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    knowom , July 10, 2014 9:58 PM
    Quote:
    I can say that Gabe Newell is really a visionary man. Steam that support linux, SteamOS to host all of your Steam games, completed with the news of subscription based Windows. Perfect! Hello you beautiful Ubuntu which I'll dual boot with SteamOS in the coming years.
    I'd rather have Debian variant myself #! CrunchBang #!
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    back_by_demand , July 10, 2014 11:20 PM
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    Looks like the new CEO is even more greedier than Balmer. Hope SteamOS will peak up by then. SteamOS for games, and Linux for other stuff.

    What will you play the other 80% of your games collection with?
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    npcomplete , July 11, 2014 12:18 AM
    Requiring logging in to the Windows Store to activate means the activation process won't be anonymous anymore. Each Windows 9 machine will have personal information tied to tracked by MS.
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    arunphilip , July 11, 2014 12:45 AM
    I was opposed to subscription models in general, until I saw what was being offered with the Office 365 Home subscription - that won me over (granted, by cutting down the standalone Home edition to just 1 license they made the subscription model appear more appealing). On that basis, I'll wait and watch before I criticize Microsoft - they might pull off an Office 365, or they might botch it like the new Xbox.
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