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Rumor: Next Windows Won't Be Windows 9

Mary Jo Foley of ZDNet reports that the next version of Windows will not be called Windows 9. The news is based on unnamed sources who also claim that an OS update will actually arrive next year, currently codenamed "Blue." So far there's speculation that the update is a Service Pack, or a Feature Pack offering both fixes and new features.

According to a leaked rodmap, Microsoft is expected to release a developer preview for Windows 8 PU -- likely a product update -- during BUILD 2012 in October. The beta is slated to arrive in January 2013 during CES, and enter into Release Candidate mode in April 2013 (formerly during MIX 2013). The RTM version of Windows 8 PU is slated to be released during E3 2013 which coincidentally is the same time Xbox Infinity (aka Loop) is expected to make its public debut. We're betting the two releases will be tied together offering connectivity not possible with Windows 8 and the current Xbox 360.

Even more, Microsoft's roadmap shows a developer preview of Windows 9 scheduled for BUILD 2013. Of course, that doesn't mean the OS will officially be called Windows 9 -- the Redmond company could name it as Windows Infinity for all we know, and is currently using Windows 9 as a codename. This build will reportedly go into beta during CES 2014, Release Candidate in April 2014, and RTM -- along with Internet Explorer 12 -- during Build 2014. There's also a mention of Windows 9M, the launch of Kinect HP2 and an Xbox Infinity product update (PU) in the same late 2014 timeframe.

As the roadmap indicates, Microsoft is moving away with "big bang" Windows releases, and taking the point release approach it's using with Windows Phone, taking notes from Apple. Microsoft may end up renaming "Blue" to Windows 8.1 or Windows 8.5 -- it certainly won't be the first time Microsoft has used a decimal in the Windows label (aka Windows 3.1 etc).

Foley also points out that the "Blue" codename deviates from the city-name pattern that has been used by many Microsoft divisions over the years. However the company recently refrained from using the city-sounding "Metro" label used to describe the Windows 8 UI, possibly due to pressure by one of its partners. That said, the company may simply want to deviate from city-based labels because of the Metro scenario. Than again, Microsoft has used the "Blue" codename before via the Azure and MSN teams.

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  • damianrobertjones
    "The news is based on unnamed sources who also claim that ..."

    I stopped reading there. SICK of speculation and stuff like this.
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  • wavetrex
    The title sais "Rumor". Why did you open the article in the first place? If you're so sick, go to the doctor.
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  • DjEaZy
    Rumor: Next Windows Won't Be Windows 9, it wont be at all, because of failing to deliver in Windows 8 and OEM's alienating from it, because of surface, M$ will go bankrupt... just a rumor...
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  • molo9000
    First simple version numbers, then years of release, then names, then version numbers again, then names again?

    This is becoming more and more complicated.
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  • SirTrollsALot
    One, Two... Microsoft is coming for you,
    Three, Four, Bill is knocking at your door ,
    Five, Six, Grab some XP sticks,
    Seven, Eight, a little bit too late,
    Nine, Ten... WTF? Come again?
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  • SteelCity1981
    MS in 2014...

    "We heard users complaints about not being able to turn off Windows Modern UI and having no classic start menu in Windows 8 under the classic Deskop UI. So for Windows 9 we heard the users load and clear and now the users will have an option to turn off Windows Modern UI along with allowing the user to enable the classic start menu again in the classic Desktop UI in Windows 9.
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  • ojas
    Windows 8 PU will revert to the desktop lol.
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  • damianrobertjones
    DjEaZyRumor: Next Windows Won't Be Windows 9, it wont be at all, because of failing to deliver in Windows 8 and OEM's alienating from it, because of surface, M$ will go bankrupt... just a rumor...Is MS supposed to sit there when the oem's release Android tablets?
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  • damianrobertjones
    wavetrexThe title sais "Rumor". Why did you open the article in the first place? If you're so sick, go to the doctor.I didn't see 'Rumour' when I initially clicked on the article.
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  • hrhuffnpuff
    I think the reason for this rumor, for one, developers are especially upset with 8. Second, ol Steve Ballmer received a "Special" phone call from Big Bad Bill, more along the lines of damage control, for when 8 rides the Fail Whale into the sunset. And that he better have a fix, or Gates will make Steve a recipient of a pink slip.
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