What Can You Expect From Windows 9? Threshold Rumors Summarized

Tina Sieber 01-09-2014

In a few weeks, Microsoft will release its first official preview of Windows 9, code-named Threshold. The press event is said to be scheduled for September 30th. At this point, nothing is for sure, not even the final name, Windows 9.


Let’s see what other rumors are out there and whether this new Windows incarnation could meet your needs.

When Will Microsoft Release A Windows 9 Preview & Can I Try It?

It remains unclear whether the Preview will be released at the press event this month or sometime in October. ZDNet’s All About Microsoft guru Mary Jo Foley relied on multiple sources when she reported that:

Microsoft is aiming to deliver a “technology preview” of its Windows “Threshold” operating system by late September or early October.

What appears to be for certain, is that a Technical Preview is imminent. After all, sources say Windows 9 will be shipped in 2015. While Microsoft is not planning to release a Consumer Preview, the good news is that the Technical Preview will be available to anyone interested. So yes, you will be able to try it.

Will Windows 9 Really Be A Free Upgrade?

This rumor remains vague, but could make the day of plagued Windows 8 users.

In the Neowin discussion thread that gave rise to many Windows 9 rumors, Chinese leaker FaiKee claims that Windows 9 will most likely be a free upgrade for legit Windows 8 users and possibly even for all Windows users. The rumor was confirmed by Russian leaker collective WZOR.


A free version of Windows isn’t such a crazy idea. After all, when was the last time you bought Windows?

Most people buy a new computer, which comes pre-installed with an operating system. In the past, this tended to be Windows. Today, there is much more choice and awareness around different options. By making Windows free, Microsoft removes one barrier to joining their ecosystem 8 In 10 Desktop Computers Runs Windows And So Should You Getting a new computer? One devil urges you to buy a Mac or Chromebook, while the other insists you try Linux. And here's me explaining why you should stick with a Windows device. Read More . How they plan to compensate that loss is a different story.

Will The Start Menu Return?

Yes, Windows 9 will almost certainly come with a Start Menu.

In April, Microsoft announced a new Start Menu would be made available to all Windows 8 users as an update. This had everyone expect the Start Menu would be a feature of the much anticipated Windows 8.1 August Update Is Windows 8.1 Done After This Unspectacular August Update? The much anticipated August Update for Windows 8.1, formerly known as Update 2, has arrived and it's not what we expected; but then we already knew that. Is it even worth bothering? In short: YES! Read More , which turned out to be a disaster When Windows Update Fails, This Is How You Fix It Did a Windows Update crash your system? Here's a quick list of troubleshooting steps that will help you restore Windows to a functional state. Read More . Below is the clip from BUILD 2014 with the original announcement.


Microsoft later clarified that the Start Menu won’t come to Windows until 2015 2015!? No Way Microsoft! How to Get Your Windows 8.1 Start Menu Now Windows 8 won't get a native Start Menu after all. But why wait on Microsoft? Here's how you can help yourself with third party tools like Classic Shell or Start8 and other workarounds. Read More , i.e. with the official release of Windows 9. In light of the rumor that Windows 9 will be a free update for Windows 8 users, it seems like Microsoft will keep their word after all.

Will It Be Possible To Disable The Modern Interface On My Desktop?

If Microsoft has learned one thing from this whole Windows 8 disaster, then it’s that desktop and mobile environments don’t mix well. They made a first move in the right direction with Windows 8.1 Update Windows 8.1 Update Is Here! What It Is & How To Get It Now Curious about the latest Windows 8.1 Update or not sure what this is about? KB2919355 is a cumulative update that comes with useful features. It can also be removed in case it causes issues. Read More , turning boot-to-desktop into a default behavior for desktop users and adding other desktop friendly features.

New Start Menu

The Start Menu mock-up shown at BUILD 2014 promises they will go even further. It potentially reveals how desktop users will experience the modern interface. Gizmodo’s Eric Limer speculates that the Start Screen will live in the new Start Menu. Superficially, Microsoft is killing the Start Screen on desktop devices. Technically, it’s still there, just not as obvious.


Will The Charms Bar Be Gone?

Yes, all sources agree that the Charms bar will die. With the return of the Start Menu on the desktop, the Charms bar would be superfluous. In the modern interface, it will be replaced with icons in the app title bar.

Will Cortana Make Its Desktop Debut?

Cortana, Microsoft’s virtual assistant Geek Humor Included! Meet Cortana, Windows Phone 8.1 Digital Assistant Cortana is the best reason to upgrade your Windows Phone early. Microsoft's answer to Siri offers great features and will make you laugh. Read More , who recently appeared on Windows Phone Get Cortana & More By Upgrading To Windows Phone 8.1 The Windows Phone update delivers a digital assistant, fast connectivity toggles, improved camera and greater support for a wider selection of apps. Find out how you can get it! Read More , is bound to make the move to the desktop. Bringing the personal assistant to all Windows platforms and adding millions of users to create sample data, will help Microsoft continuously improve Cortana’s service and create a seamless user experience across multiple devices.

Cortana is a key component of the new Windows ecosystem. Whether or not she will be ready to ship with the Windows 9 Technical Preview remains unsure. In any case, you should be excited about Cortana How Cortana Became The "Other Woman" In My Life She appeared one day and changed my life. She knows exactly what I need and has a wicked sense of humour. It's little wonder that I've fallen for the charms of Cortana. Read More !

Cortana Virtual Assisant


What Else Can I Look Forward To?

The new Windows 9 version promises to add virtual desktops How To Get The Best Features Of Mac, Linux & Co On Windows Operating system envy: You admire certain Mac and Linux features, while using Windows. What if Windows was a canvas and you could add all the neat gimmicks you like? Here's how. Read More , modern apps will run in windowed mode on your desktop, and Microsoft is switching to a rapid release cycle, possibly offering new features and improvements to the operating system via one-click updates every month.

This rapid release cycle could be a revolution. Instead of releasing a major Windows version every few years, Microsoft might continuously improve the platform via free updates. This could make Windows 8 the last major release, with Windows 8.1 and 9 being nothing but free updates to the modern Windows environment. At the very least, this rumor is causing IT professionals sleepless nights as untested one-click updates have the potential to cause havoc.

Are You Anticipating The Release Of Windows 9?

If you believe the rumors, there’s much to be looking forward to. And much to be concerned about, too. What are you excited about?

What is your opinion of Windows 9 and are you ready to try it?

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  1. William
    September 24, 2014 at 3:29 pm


    Thank You :D


  2. William
    September 24, 2014 at 1:18 am

    will you be able to go from Windows 7 to the Tech Preview of Windows Threshold or will the Preview only be for Windows 8.1 Update users?

    • Tina S
      September 24, 2014 at 5:51 am


      From what we know so far, the Tech Preview will be freely available to anyone who would like to test it. Being a standalone OS, you will be able to install it regardless of what other OS you own. That said, I wouldn't recommend anyone to replace their current OS with it!

      If you want to play with it, install it in dual boot mode, side by side with Windows 7 (or 8). We'll have a tutorial here on how to do that. Meanwhile, this tutorial will give you an idea of how a dual boot installation works.

  3. Nasos
    September 21, 2014 at 11:04 am

    I am guessing everyone in this forum is from America. Windows 8 and 9 are junk for the masses. Every OS is based on hardware you have. You cant simply run an OS on every machine and expect the same performance each time. Typical users all of you. Windows 7 holds the reigns over all OS for those who really know about Tech.

    Desktop always BTO. And an OS should be easy to use from a NOOB to an experienced user.

    • Tina S
      September 21, 2014 at 1:04 pm

      Not everyone around here is from the US. Our readers are from around the world and while the majority is from the US, a great portion is from the UK and India, i.e. Europe and Asia.

  4. marni
    September 18, 2014 at 1:49 pm

    Concluding from web feedback that W8 was a disaster, i stuck with XP till my copy broke, then i reluctantly went to W7. I expected it to be the same mess with a prettier interface. I was right.
    And now W9, yawn. More new glitzy features and the SOS [same old ***] under the hood.
    Earth to MS: we want quality, reliability and simplicity. Features are nice but if that's all you've got, i'll be nursing my copy of W7 till i die.

  5. Shane Johnson
    September 18, 2014 at 5:25 am

    I absolutely love Windows 8 and 8.1 even more. The operating system are heavily optimized to run well even on the weakest computers. I dual boot all windows operating systems and I cannot wait for the next OS. I just have one thing, abolish the Start button and keep using the metro, if you babies are gonna cry because they want to go their own direction then keep using your rapt windows 7 or lower.

  6. PC
    September 5, 2014 at 6:38 pm

    Want your start screen back? Go here
    It will let you go directly to a normal desktop environment in the setting of classic shell, I have it and love it!

  7. Swerve
    September 3, 2014 at 6:35 pm

    I know I might come across as a complete lunatic when I say this but boy! I simply love the start screen and my heart broke when I read that I'd have to say goodbye to the charms bar. One of the best things about Windows 8 is that I just had to go the start screen and start typing "pow.." for eg to open up Powerpoint and though it may sound like a long process especially when compared to just clicking on options in the start screen, I personaly think it just needs some getting used to. Also when typing these names at the start screen Windows Search quickly comes up with recommendations which begin with similar letter sequence, so there were times I ended up discovering some settings, softwares and utilities I've never had even known before (like Windows Power shell which popped up on the search results while I was typing Pow to open up powerpoint). I know it doesn't make much sense but for an amateur like me who is not geek enough to know every Windows hacks and tricks these accidental discoveries aren't short of any serendipities and are a great way of learning stuff.
    Everything said I just can't wait for Microsoft to release its latest OS and once again establish it's glory. Till that time I guess I'd pretty much be busy trying to wrap my head around the idea of a free upgrade to Windows 9. It's simply cool!

  8. Patch
    September 3, 2014 at 4:54 pm

    Knardley wait for Patch Tuesday

  9. Don Neale
    September 3, 2014 at 12:50 pm

    Microsoft appears to be taking seriously user complaints and problems. I am not afraid of changes in the OS environment as long as those changes make it more intuitive and user friendly. So I am excited to see what Microsoft offers with its upcoming update/release. I have Linux software on standby and, even though I fear a switch about as much as I feared leaving Apple for Windows some 30 odd years ago, I'd welcome anything that offers speed and is bug free.

  10. Andy
    September 3, 2014 at 12:46 pm

    I find it very hard to understand the attitude of peoples comments here. I use Win 8.1 and although Win 8 was a pain in some respects, Win 8.x is better than Windows 7 in a most respects. It's faster for a start, it has many more features than any other Windows. Explorer is much better than ever before. - Okay, that's Windows done.
    Linux is a brilliant system. It the most reliable system around. It's free. There are SO many distributions, there's always one to suit you, so your not a geek, then there's plenty of easy to use distros. If you are a geek, then you can do exactly what you want with any distros.
    I've never used a Mac so I can't comment, but I do know that it's OS is derived from Unix, so it's not so far removed from Linux. You can even have all three on the same system!!
    How much more do you want?????

    • Swerve
      September 3, 2014 at 7:16 pm

      I know ! These people just gotta be this rude.
      I bet once Windows 9 is released they'll be all vilifying it.

  11. tom g
    September 3, 2014 at 8:46 am

    Is it going to be FREE to dl and use on any pc or only as FREE upgrade to win7-8 and reuse activation keys?

    • Tina S
      September 3, 2014 at 9:32 am

      It looks like it will be a free upgrade for Windows users.

  12. KT
    September 3, 2014 at 2:02 am

    It might be good:
    They should change their motto to "next one will work...we promise."
    I'm sticking with Linux, but I'm sure I'll have to install 9 for a friend or family member sometime.

    • francesco
      September 7, 2014 at 10:15 am

      9 =? i am afraid could be an other crap worst than 8 , if they think to merge apps desktop/mobile of this new Os. Satya Nadella who care about desktop/mobile apps on desktop ? For desktop exist programs for desktop : stop !

  13. mike
    September 3, 2014 at 12:54 am

    I hate. They said 8.1 would be great it is horrible. why should we believe win 9.0 won't be yet another disaster that they won't admit until win 10? Let's get rid of secure boot so we can use linux if we want to!

  14. Pat
    September 3, 2014 at 12:30 am

    Got so irritated using Windows 8 that I'm sticking to Windows 7 unless dragged kicking and screaming into that environment.

  15. Luis O
    September 2, 2014 at 8:40 pm

    Hello everyone.
    I have been in and around the PC since the 7'0'S.
    My first PC was Amtrad 256 CPU 16 megs of ram 3.5 floppies, so I have seen lot of changes.
    I have worked for Cisco, AMD, Adobe, and few others, the point saying that windows will make it this time around is yes.
    Will people be happy not likely!
    Because just like Apple that my way or the highway just dose not cut it any more.
    Simply put more people are moving to Linux why simple choice, in Linux you can find what you like.
    If you are power user or Wed & app developer or even the modest user there is choice of Distros.
    From the extremely lite to the most heavenly stacked distribution, Linux including the choices to change every desktop behavior to your liking.
    My only reason that I still use Windows OS on my PC is Gaming, PC are far more capable at gaming them any console.
    And to the conflict of office suite the simplest way is to save any documents type to PDF.
    Currently I use LibreOffice had no complaints.
    As soon that Steam OS is finished rapping all the drivers issues I will still have multiple boot PC.
    But no longer one with Windows, BSD, Fedora, Slackware, and my favorite OS Ultimate Edition.
    What business would run Windows on there server and not expect it to crash.
    A Unix server set it and forget it, how many vehicles have Windows under there hoods none.
    First cost Second reliability, a blue screen of death would be yours.
    Vehicles and for most cases they run on Linux or BSD, look at the industry most stand alone products run on Linux.
    Windows has titles Conomical has unity, mint and Ultimate Edition use mate.
    With Ultimate Edition now it is possible to build the OS to your liking thanks to Theemahn.

  16. Allen
    September 2, 2014 at 6:26 pm

    We don't need Windows 9 - Windows 8 works perfectly well if you just install Classic Start Menu and always "boot" to desktop. I never see the Metro side of things and deleted all the Metro apps anyway. People are being silly with thinking that Windows 8 still sucks. If I have no problems, then why do you? If you used my computer you wouldn't know if it was Windows 7 or 8 I am using.

    • ip
      September 17, 2014 at 4:59 am

      I agree Allen. I was on XP forever worked great no issues until my motherboard fried. Everything that XP users not like with 8 was the same crap that got changed as of V7 anyway. I bought 2 weeks before 8.1 and had my computer boot to desktop. No big deal. Windows Key goes to a really big start menu called "metro". What's the diff?? Everyone was just putting icons on their desktop anyway... what's the big deal. Metro sucked with a mouse, I get that....but the OS is really stable and other than having to update a few old program$ from XP to W8 I've been very pleased. I have a couple of expensive XP programs that I run in Virtual box running Umbuntu/wine. Work better than the real thing. For all those H8ters out there.....Change is tough but get over it

  17. Lisa C
    September 2, 2014 at 4:34 pm

    I just got Windows 8.1, and am having the worst time trying to find a compatible printer, a compatible external CD drive, and goodness knows what else I'll find I need that won't work. What makes them think that another upgrade is a good idea - even if it is a major improvement, when it's so hard to find compatible peripherals?

    • Ken Hess
      September 3, 2014 at 12:14 am

      Lisa, I find your comment about drivers for printers and CD drives interesting. I got my new laptop with 8.1 in April, 2014, download the addon and was able to get my Brother all-in-one up without a problem. I have an external DVD that is 4 years old and it recognized it immediately. I migrated from XP to 8.1 and it took several days to get used to the changes, but I think it is great. I like the added security and the Start Button issue is such an overblown thing. Just Windows key and X puts you into a menu with everything you might want to access. Better than XP by a mile.

  18. Scott M
    September 2, 2014 at 3:51 pm

    Not a Windows fanboy, but I can say that in the end I always come back. I love testing any new Windows ver, even the phone, so this will be a welcome new toy to fiddle with.

  19. jim
    September 2, 2014 at 3:07 pm

    Sometimes when I talk to people about Linux, their attitude is "well, if it's free, it must be useless because you get what you pay for".

    Linus Torvalds recently said he still wanted the desktop, having conquered everything else from routers to supercomputers. I hope he goes in for the kill.

    Windows? Nein!

  20. D Harries
    September 2, 2014 at 2:52 pm

    Personally, I don't get it. Why shouldn't the computer interface evolve? Okay, I have a touch screen laptop. Is that what was missing?

  21. Rodney
    September 2, 2014 at 1:50 am

    I made the switch from Mac to Windows due in part to hardware restrictions from Apple (read upgrades to the entire individual components). I am a freelance Graphic Designer and have switched to using Adobe CC. Because of the advancements in CC and the fact that it leverages certain hardware configurations, I felt it was the best choice when I had to retire my Early 2011 MacBook Pro. I also like to game and find the games I like to play are not available on a Linux platform. If Adobe ported their apps over to Linux (currently there is not anything that can compare to AI, PS, AE, ID, PP, C4D - Maxon app I know). For the games I guess I could dual-boot but my productivity apps and games together leave me to simply run a single OS. Do I like Windows 8.1 yes and no. A return of the Start menu that contains items from the Start screen? Not so sure that is a good idea either. Based on the screen capture it looks convoluted and lacks flow. Maybe they should incorporate Rainmeter with added interactivity. Live tiles on the start screen seems rather odd, why no just have an icon on the DT and click on that - or adopt a Notification center similar to OS X Yosemite.

    • Tina S
      September 2, 2014 at 8:06 am

      Someone switching from Mac to Windows, it's not something you hear often, although I've heard it more and more, recently. Thanks for explaining your reasons!

      Re: Start Menu
      I'm also not sure whether or not to be excited about the new design. And I started to appreciate Start Screen. Rumors also say that it might be possible to change the Start Menu settings and still access the full screen Start Screen. It just won't be a default behavior.

  22. Kevin M.
    September 2, 2014 at 12:10 am

    There really is not much to say, Microsoft is dying and I relish in the day that they will just die quietly and leave the OS to someone that understands humans and caters to the user instead of their own failed egos.

    Windows 8 is an abortion and with the strong desire of MS to force control on us no matter what they try and do next they will never just leave us with an OS that we can control without their ideals of how we should use our computers interfering in every orifice of the operating system. The demand that I connect a personal account to my user before I am even allowed to login was the last straw for me and I have since moved on in favor of an OS that allows me to be the administrator and the owner of my computer.

    • Dan
      September 8, 2014 at 3:50 pm

      I upgraded to 8.1 and it works well. I think MS is getting it right and 8.1 does boot up quickly. MS should just support all o.s. and let 9 be the last one. XP still works.

  23. Howard B
    September 1, 2014 at 11:45 pm

    "...the much anticipated Windows 8.1 August Update, which turned out to be a disaster." I still haven't been able to install the APRIL update, and nobody on MakeUseOf Answers can tell me what to do; the one responder seems to think I'm installing the 8.1 update over 8.0.

    • Tina S
      September 2, 2014 at 8:02 am

      That sucks!

      I'll leave a reply on the respective thread on Answers.

  24. Zoltan Kelemen-Virag
    September 1, 2014 at 10:28 pm

    I have learned that many wrongly included or emitted features will get to their correct place. And there will be a new version of the personal assistant after clipper or dog or Shakespeare.

    Will there be any improvement in the operating system as a software - that is my main question to any new version. Will Windows be able to seamlessly connect to any available wired or wireless connection that it reaches from place to place? Will it be able to recognize the places where settings for proxy have to be enabled? Will it be able to handle several proxy settings, and chose the right one according to the place where it connects?

    Will there be an indicator which settings have what affect on the battery time, and the complete life cycle of the battery of a mobile computer?

    Will there be included a strong registry and setting corrective piece of software along with current-time quality defragmenter, as well as an acceptable type of back up solution?

    Etc. Development. Development is not the correction of past errors, neither the refurbishing of old, died-out features. :-(

  25. Ryan Owens
    September 1, 2014 at 10:28 pm

    I made the switch to Linux with the release of Vista. And since then I have had no reason (other than 15 Widows games that will not run on Linux even with WINE) to switch back. Sure I have a copy of 7. And through SIUE Computer Science department a copy of 8 and 8.1 but they are just so slow. Microsoft seems to be learning from GNU/Linux with the idea of Free and rapid release cycles. I mean look at Ubuntu. Free, corporate support, 2 releases a year with LTS when needed. And then Apple has gotten into the game as well. Why use a knockoff when the original is available?

  26. Roger Connor
    September 1, 2014 at 7:42 pm

    Since I'm still running Windows XP, and really haven't seen any good reason to upgrade, Win9 will have to eliminate ALL the problems inherent in Vista/Win7/Win8/Win 8.1, plus give me something I cannot already do in the new upgrade. They tried the Assistant in Office once before, and every user I know of tried it for about 30 days, and then got rid of it. The touch screen "app" bs of Win8 is a real good example of an idea that if it had been made an Accessibility Accessory might have gone over well for those that purchased touch screen tablets, but pushed as the default interface caused major problems. Microsoft still has not yet learned that the corporate usage drives their business, and innovations that cause the corporate world problems WILL NOT be tolerated. As a real world example, I have NO administrative rights on my work computer, thus, any and all "upgrades" must go through the IT department approval and instillation. Nothing is granted "automatic" access.

    • Tina S
      September 1, 2014 at 7:58 pm

      Corporate being an important driver for Microsoft / Windows is an important point, Roger.

      What problems do you see inherent in Windows 7? Most people seem to agree that it's a fantastic operating system.

    • Roger
      September 3, 2014 at 5:55 am

      Tina, my experience with Win 7 is on an Acer laptop, and the Lenovo desktop at work. After removing the crapware and installing a few of my tools, the laptop system is still so slow that I can click to open a program and go get a cup of coffee before it completes. And I've even gone through and custom enabled/disabled system services,and the registry. My other gripe with it is the continually seeking of updates, which it seemingly must finish prior to shut down every night. (at least it did until I turned MS upgrades off!) The work machine, I have no control over, and it is speedier than the laptop, but not as speedy as the XP system it replaced. . My experience with Win8.1 was on an HP laptop, and after I finished reconfiguring it to actually make it usable, (GOD mode is really great) it's about as fast as my desktop.

    • Jeff
      September 4, 2014 at 4:29 am

      sounds like your main problem is a slow computer. One big thing to think about is that programmers tend to add features, rather than optimizing them. That means that OSs are constantly getting bigger. On top of that programmers need to keep backwards compatibility. Otherwise your old laptops wouldn't work with 7, yet even after 10 years they still do (although sometimes there are some problems). So computers need to get more powerful to handle them. You see this in EVERY Os. Even linux has this problem although they have a number of spin off that have done a great job of keeping the bloat down.
      Don't forget that the jump from XP to 7 was not a single upgrade but a double one. There was also the vista upgrade. 8 was a interesting upgrade because microsoft managed to maintain performance of 7 while at the same time increasing the number of features.
      I hate those updates too. a couple of tricks to keep windows updates informing you of updates (important to keep your computer safe, Please keep update checking on!) and still shutdown without updating.
      From my experience, Win 8/8.1 is about the same speed as windows 7. I like windows 8 as long as i don't open the metro screen or settings.

  27. ed
    September 1, 2014 at 6:49 pm

    I'm looking forward to Win 9. I really want it to be the next great Windows version after Win 7. If not, I'm possibly looking at a full time switch to Linux.

    I already run Xubuntu on my HTPC and run Ubuntu Gnome on my chromebook, and have an Android phone. Only my main PC runs Win 7, so I'm mostly there anyway. Hope Win 9 is a winner though.

    • Tina S
      September 1, 2014 at 7:57 pm

      Wow, this comment makes me curious! I hope you don't mind me asking...

      You've already made the jump to Linux. What is keeping you on Windows? Why do you want Windows to succeed? And what would make Windows 9 great?

    • ed
      September 1, 2014 at 11:48 pm

      I stay on Windows with my main PC for a few reasons:
      1. MS Office. I've had issues in the past with open office. Don't know if they still exist with Libre Office, but I should look to see how libre office does nowadays.
      2. Web development. Studying to be a web developer, and cross-browser compatibility means needing IE. I would be curious to know how developers that work on a Mac or in Linux check for compatibility with IE.
      3. I love portable apps. Linux has very few up to date portable apps.
      4. All-in-one printers sometimes don't work well in Linux. Some distros, but not all, may or may not see the scanner.

      I am interested in Windows succeeding because competition is always good and keeps the Linux community on its toes with regards to continually trying to improve the GUI user experience in Linux. The GUI experience in Linux is not quite there yet with Windows 7, but keeps improving with time.

      Windows 9 would be great for me if it had an update feature as easy as the Linux apt-get update and apt-get upgrade commands. I would love to see 9 be just like 7 on the desktop, but take many of the design elements of the metro apps and modernize the look of the desktop apps without losing functionality. Windows 9 needs Cortana, to merge with a great AI engine like IBM's Watson. Windows 9 needs to allow any smartphone to be accessible from the desktop as if it were a desktop app (phone calls, texting, voice mail, everything).

      These are just my opinions. I would love for others to answer some of your questions, Tina.

    • Tina S
      September 2, 2014 at 7:54 am

      Thank you for the thorough response, Ed.

      Re: Open / Libre Office
      I've had compatibility issues with Libre Office when opening documents created with MS Office or exchanging documents while tracking changes with MS Office users on Windows or Mac. Kingston Office didn't cause these same issues, so that's what I'm using now.

    • Roman V
      September 2, 2014 at 12:08 pm

      Hi Ed,

      about IE under Mac... I think that thread is worth to read: :)

  28. Krasen I
    September 1, 2014 at 6:41 pm

    Everything sounds great so far, so I can't wait :)