Windows 8 was a dramatic change for many users. There are still many people out there saying that the change is too rapid, too much. On top of it is the drama surrounding Windows Blue and how it might add even more changes to Windows 8.
Are people panicking for nothing? I personally think so. While this might be up for debate, I personally don’t believe Microsoft is stupid. They have made big mistakes in the past sure, but I don’t believe that Windows 8 is one of them.
Most of the issues regarding Windows 8 isn’t that is that bad, or that it has blue screens or any other stability problem. The issues are that things are in new places. You don’t shut down the same way, you don’t do ____ the same way, or _____.
As for the future of Windows? We hear several different extremes. Some say that Microsoft is going to scrap the Start UI and focus on its roots. Others say that the desktop will die in Windows 9.
Rumors claiming things like Windows 9 removing the desktop sound intriguing, but it’s not going to happen (at least not for many, many more years). I don’t know what Blue is, but I suspect we are working ourselves up over nothing. As for Windows 9? I suspect it too will be a subtle upgrade.
Sure, there will be changes and improvements. There won’t likely be a night and day shift like there was between 7 and 8, though. The change will instead be more like Windows VISTA and Windows 7.
Honestly, as much as people hated Vista– it wasn’t that bad. Most of its problems stemmed from early optimization issues and a general “belief” that it was awful. It’s amazing how much the power of perception can play into something.
So what will Windows 9 change? I don’t have a crystal ball on hand, but I’ll take a guess at least. Here are some things I think should be changed:
Minimizing the need to go into the desktop.
Right now, we use the desktop in Windows 8 not just for legacy apps but for many of the defraging and maintenance tools that are required to maintain a machine. This is confusing. Users don’t know when they need to be in the desktop and when they need to be in the Start UI. This is especially frustrating for Windows 8/RT tablet users I’d imagine
Metro-ized Settings and Panels
In line with my first point, I think control panel and system settings will be fully merged into the Start UI’s settings– with no need to go to the desktop for these kinds of settings.
Improvements to charms and transition bars.
Basically any changes to areas that will make the switch from desktop to Metro/Start less jarring.
Overall speed improvements
Like Windows 8, I expect Microsoft will offer continued speed improvements and optimizations when Windows 9 does arrive.
I’m sure there will be other changes, but the bottom-line is that a great deal of Windows 9’s features will likely be about changing how people feel about Start UI by making the transitions involved more seamless and less Frankensteinian.
What do you feel needs to be changed with Windows 9? Do you agree with my suggestions for change or not?
As for Windows 8, do you feel that people will be thinking differently (more positively) in the next 6-12 months or will the perception of it being too different haunt it for the rest of its days?