Seattle: Microsoft will unveil a new name for its best-known product on Tuesday when it offers the first official glimpse of its latest Windows operating system.
September just continues to be a huge month for tech news: Not only are we seeing the launches of the iPhone 6, the Galaxy Note 4, the new Moto X and the BlackBerry Passport but we’re also going to get out first look at Windows 9 as well. Per Re/code, Microsoft has just sent out an invitation to media and analysts that invites them to “join us to hear about what’s next for Windows and the enterprise.” Given previous rumors, we can only assume this means that Microsoft will use this event to show off Windows 9 for the first time as well.
According to Re/code’s sources, Microsoft will be giving out early test code for developers and businesses so they can start their preparations for the shift to the new platform. Windows 9 is going to offer several key new features including the long-awaited return of the Start menu as well as the integration of Microsoft’s Cortana personal digital assistant, which has won praise so far from Windows Phone users.
The project, known for the past few years as “Threshold” inside the software company and “Windows 9” outside it, will likely get an entirely new brand, or just be called Windows, analysts said, ahead of its full release early next year.
The name change is symbolic of a new direction and style for Microsoft, which is veering away from an aggressive focus on Windows and PCs, the hallmark of previous Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer. The new, quieter emphasis is on selling services across all devices and is championed by new boss Satya Nadella.
“Windows 8 was not a shining moment for Microsoft,” said Michael Silver, an analyst at tech research firm Gartner. “Probably the biggest issue that lingers is the negative brand equity in the name.”
So let’s wait for Tuesday for the big moment for Microsoft. Proud for Microsoft.
So stay tuned for the updates.
Microsoft has confirmed that the final build of Windows 8.1 has been released to manufacturing (RTM), ready for the October 18 release of dozens of Windows 8.1-powered laptops, desktops, and tablets.
Microsoft has redefined the phrase to mean “it’s still buggy and unfinished, but we need to give it to our OEMs otherwise we’ll fall behind schedule.” As a result, MSDN and TechNet subscribers — developers, IT admins, and enthusiasts — will not get access to Windows 8.1 until it’s released to consumers. This will come as a deeply worrying shock to developers, who are now hamstrung in their development of apps that take advantage of Windows 8.1′s new features.
Writing on Blogging Windows, Microsoft’s Antoine Leblond say’s
We’ve hit an important milestone for Windows and for Microsoft—just 10 months after delivering on a bold, generational change in computing with Windows 8, our team is proud to share that we have started releasing Windows 8.1 and Windows RT 8.1 to our hardware partners. In many ways, this marks a new day at Microsoft, reflecting a number of rapid release firsts. Thanks, in part, to customer feedback and an unparalleled level of collaboration across product teams, Windows 8.1 is a important update. We have delivered in a very short time an update to the OS that will bring an even greater unified experience for our customers. As we consider the code we just handed off, and the new intuitive and fluid computing experience it provides – anytime, anywhere, across all devices – we’re confident we made the right bet in continuing our vision and following through on our commitment to rapid innovation and responsive engineering.
While our partners are preparing these exciting new devices we will continue to work closely with them as we put the finishing touches on Windows 8.1 to ensure a quality experience at general availability on October 18th. This is the date when Windows 8.1 will be broadly available for commercial customers with or without volume licensing agreements, our broad partner ecosystem, subscribers to MSDN and TechNet, as well as consumers.
So be ready to expect a whole new experience in desktop computing with Windows 8.1. By this we can say that the release date is 18th October 2013.
Be ready to experience Windows 8.1
Today has been a big day for Microsoft as Microsoft CMO/CFO Tami Reller took to the company blog to announce that it “recently” sold its 100 millionth Windows 8 license since the OS launched in October. This comes as a rather happy announcement seeing how PC sales have been dropping of late thanks to the tablet boom.
While the sale of the 100 millionth licence of Windows 8 may initially sound really good, truth remains that the sales have significantly slowed down since the initial drop-off period in January. Microsoft doesn’t seem too worried though, saying that even though the growth may be slow, it is still there. Windows Marketplace has grown six times since its launch and the rate at which users have been downloading apps for Windows 8 through the marketplace has also seen a significant rise.
Source: Windows Blog
Microsoft is offering developers $100 for each Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 app written between March 8 and June 30, 2013. Participants must be over 18 and live in the US. Up to ten Windows 8 apps and ten Windows Phone 8 apps per developer are eligible, which makes it possible to earn up to $2000.
NOTE that developers must pay a fee of $49 per year for individuals and $99 per year for companies to list apps on the Windows Store, so that fee will come out of the first app.
Read further and detailed Terms and conditions here.
This is the link to Sign Up for the Program.
Interesting in writing a Windows 8 or Windows Phone 8 app? Download Visual Studio 2012 and tools here – Windows 8 Tools