It was either that or “Vista 3”

Yours truly, just last week:

Windows, say the wags, runs the opposite of Star Trek films: the odd-numbered versions are good, the even-numbered versions (like Vista, which was 6) not so good.

Obviously Microsoft is aware of this phenomenon:

Windows 8 is tanking harder than Microsoft is comfortable discussing in public, and the latest release, Windows 8.1, which is a substantial and free upgrade with major improvements over the original release, is in use on less than 25 million PCs at the moment. That’s a disaster, and Threshold [the next major release] needs to strike a better balance between meeting the needs of over a billion traditional PC users while enticing users to adopt this new Windows on new types of personal computing devices. In short, it needs to be everything that Windows 8 is not…

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. That could change, but that’s the current thinking.

Will the Start Menu return? It just might.


  1. backwoods conservative »

    12 January 2014 · 4:53 pm

    I hope they come out with something worth having before I need to buy another computer. I don’t want anything to do with Windows 8. As the old saying goes, if it ain’t broke, don’t break it. And they broke it.

  2. fillyjonk »

    13 January 2014 · 7:15 am

    Ah, maybe if I can hold out from buying a new ‘puter for a little while longer, I can have one that actually has a Start menu….that’s good news.

    I think it’s a rule of software that later versions are going to increasingly be full of fail, because bells and whistles get added on, bugs multiply, and stuff gets changed not for the sake of improvement, but for the sake of selling a new version. (Ask anyone who works with GIS software about ArcView 3.2 vs. the much newer ArcGIS 10.x or whatever they’re up to….)

  3. backwoods conservative »

    13 January 2014 · 7:52 am

    That’s something I see far too often, change for the sake of change. I think the technical staff of some companies do that stuff in an effort to justify their continued existence on the payroll. Yahoo has made changes to their email and Yahoo Groups that have angered a whole lot of users and totally convinced me that their technical staff doesn’t use their own product.

  4. CGHill »

    13 January 2014 · 8:17 am

    Not even the non-technical staff will touch Yahoo! Mail.

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