Microsoft likely to unveil Windows 9 in India today

microsoft-windows9Microsoft Corp is likely to boot the next version of the Windows operating system on Tuesday. In a high-profile event, Windows 9 is being flagged off by its global chief executive officer, Satya Nadella, from no other place than his home country, India. Code named ‘Threshold’, the event raises the bar for India by several notches, catapulting it to the big league for technology launches.

Barely two weeks ago, Microsoft’s closest rival Google Inc unveiled its latest mobility project Android One from India. The launch was presided over by Google’s vice-president Sundar Pichai, another India-born global executive.

According to analysts, some of whom are part of a pre-launch conference call with Nadella on Tuesday morning, Windows 9 is said to be a major overhaul for the company – fixing the damage done by its predecessor Windows 8 – and also furthering Microsoft’s latest strategy under Nadella, which is ‘cloud first, mobile first’. A parallel event is also being planned in San Francisco.

The next version of Windows, which may get a completely new name according to a Reuters report, is expected to have a single code which will work across all three platforms of personal computer, phone and tablet.

“I think they initially underestimated the emergence of mobile,” said Vishal Tripathi, principal analyst with Gartner India. Tripathi added the company was now trying to make amends. And a launch from India may be the perfect indication of that strategy.

Due to the popularity of smartphones and tablets, only about 14 per cent of devices sold last year are running on Windows, according to Gartner. And India’s smartphone penetration is booming. While 2.5 million PCs were shipped in the second quarter of 2014, vendors shipped almost seven times the number of smartphones at 18.42 million. The smartphone market grew by 84 per cent year-on-year during the period, according to IDC.(Business Today)

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