Microsoft is already making big plans for the company’s annual Build conference in April. In an effort to distance Microsoft from Windows 8, the company will be announcing its successor, Windows 9, at the conference. The new software will supposedly ship in April 2015 and has been codenamed “Threshold” according to Microsoft blogger Paul Thurrott.
In an effort to move past Windows 8, “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,” wrote Thurrott on his blog.
Although it’s not clear at this point what specific changes are coming, but Thurrott says a windowed mode is a safe bet.
And as for what Microsoft should be doing, Thurrott says, “Threshold 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.”
In addition to Windows 9, Microsoft is expected to discuss both the XBox One and the Windows Phone at the Build conference. And as you probably know, Microsoft is currently in the process of replacing CEO Steve Ballmer.