As we mentioned earlier this week, Microsoft has a problem because a huge chunk of Windows XP stragglers still aren t upgrading to Windows 7 or Windows 8 even though there s just over a month to go until XP support ends. Tom s Hardware writes that Microsoft does have one more card to play that it hopes will finally convince XP diehards to switch: Windows 9. Also Read - Windows 11 could be a free upgrade for you provided you fall in this categoryAlso Read - Nintendo Direct E3 2021: Metroid Dread, Mario Party Superstars, a new Legend of Zelda and more
Microsoft knows that Windows 8 is a nonstarter for many XP users, which is why it s apparently designed Windows 9 with the desktop user much more in mind. The company began its efforts to appease desktop PC users with Windows 8.1 which added back a Start button and the option of booting up to desktop and it s only going to further down this road with its next major release. Also Read - Windows 11 leaked online: Centralised start menu, revamped UI, new widgets, here's what to expect
Windows 8.1, launched in October 2013, definitely made the platform feel more like a single unit than the previous Desktop/Modern UI double-feature, Tom s Hardwarewrites. Windows 8.1 GDR1, scheduled to launch in April, will supposedly help merge the two together. Windows 9? Even more.
Tom s Hardware also points out that Dell marketing exec Margaret Franco recently said that her company s customers are expressing a lot more interest around developing the transition strategy for their OS in anticipation of Windows 9.
Of course, there s one problem here: Windows 9 won t launch until the fall of 2014 at the very earliest and has been tipped to launch as late as the spring of 2015. In the time between April and Windows 9 s eventual release, XP users are going to get swamped with all manner of fun zero-day attacks by malware developers who have had XP s impending death on their radars for years. If that can t convince them to finally dump XP, it s doubtful there s anything Windows 9 could do to change their minds either.