Almost as fast as Windows 8.0 was released, we were already wishing for version 9.0 to come out and fix the mess that 8 caused… Then Microsoft announced version 10.0, skipping version 9 altogether.
The expected release date.
We’ve been tracking the news from Microsoft for some years now. While some products come out as a surprise, others are released on a very predictable cycle. This holds true with Windows. We expect to see the next release to occur in the first quarter of 2018. A beta should be available to those in their beta program near the end of 2017.
Here’s a look back at Windows release date history:
- Windows 9.0 – Released in January, 2015.
- Windows 9.0 – Announced in October, 2014.
- Windows 8.1 – Released on October 18, 2013.
- Windows 8.0 – Released on October 26, 2012.
- Windows 7.0 – Released on July 22, 2009.
- Windows Vista – Released on January 30, 2007.
- Windows XP Professional – Released on April 25, 2005.
- Windows XP – Released on October 25, 2001.
On average the new major release of Windows (not including server editions) occurred about 3 years apart from each other.
How much will it cost?
We don’t expect any pricing increases in Windows 11. Most likely it will stay inline with current pricing or be slightly cheaper. The full version currently retails for $119.99 with the professional version retailing for $199.99. However you can almost always from it on sale for up to 30% off the list price from any number of online resellers. If you’re purchasing a new PC after it’s released, you’ll most certainly have it preinstalled on your machine.
What are the expected new features?
We will not bore you and go through the nitty gritty details of what needs to change in Windows 10 so that Windows 11 is a hit (you can read those in Amazon’s reviews), but we’ll touch on some of the fundamental changes that we would love to see. Here are those that top our wish list:
- Back to basics – To say the Start menu/desktop layout is awkward and confusing is an under statement. The Metro UI has a steep learning curve for the average user coming from Windows 7 (and if your 30+ years old). All the obvious functions that were there for some many years have all but disappeared from the Start menu causing needless hunting and Googling to figure out how to do the same thing that was a breeze before.
- Apps – If I want to use a touch screen, then i reach reach for my tablet. I don’t need, nor do I want, to use my PC as a touch screen and use it more as a utility that a toy. Desktop users need a functioning desktop operating system. It’s not natural the way it’s currently designed nor are the apps that go with it as they are horribly integrated with the rest of the Windows interface. The apps available are pathetic as most programers are focusing on the Apple ecosystem.
- Vulnerability to attacks – It seems like no matter what they do, Microsoft is unable to build a fairly secure operating environment. The countless attacks, worms, viruses, etc., reported from Windows 8.1 users is still astounding. I guess that’s way we still see so many antivirus companies still in business for the PC operating system and just about none for the Mac.
What would you like to see in Windows 11?
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