Quote “In short, it needs to be everything that Windows 8 is not”
"Microsoft is hoping that history repeats. Similar to how Windows 7 rose from the ashes of coolly received Windows Vista, Threshold is expected to help the company atone for Windows 8. “To distance itself from the Windows 8 debacle, Microsoft is currently planning to drop the Windows 8 name and brand this next release as Windows 9,” said Thurrott while allowing for the possibility that plans could change.
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“Twelve years after its launch, almost a third of the desktops in the world are thought to still run Windows XP. Following the spectacular failure of Windows Vista, Microsoft has found it hard to convince businesses to abandon the trusted operating system in favour of the company’s more acceptable Windows 7 and somewhat experimental Windows 8.”
Microsoft seem to be unable to produce two consecutive good operating systems. It has to follow each success by an absolute dog. No wonder Android is going great guns.
"Microsoft has a vested interest in making people move away from Windows XP, but even with support ending it doesn’t mean that your computer has to be insecure. Read our guide on keeping Windows XP secure to find out what you can do both now and when support ends to protect against internet threats."
"Crucially, neither Kaspersky or Avast! have announced any plans to stop supporting their products under Windows XP. While XP has such a large market share (around 30 per cent of the desktop market, at the last count), it seems unlikely that either company will stop supporting it in the near future, either."
Quote “Windows 7, released in 2009, was built upon the success of Windows XP (and the failure of Windows Vista), offering solid performance without too many new features.
Meanwhile Windows 8, launched in 2012, is a more thorough reinvention of the OS, introducing a colourful tile interface to replace the Start menu and a number of elements designed for a touchscreen – that are useless on the majority of PCs in use today.
Even Microsoft recently changed its tune, urging customers to install any version of Windows, as long as it’s not XP.
It is estimated that a third of all desktops in the world still run Windows XP, which was launched back in 2001. Microsoft recently announced it will continue providing basic security updates for the operating system until July 2015, but these are unlikely to stop serious attacks.”
Question is how long will Microsoft support Windows 7, it is 5 years old now ??