Infamous Microsoft leaker WZor has come out hiding and dropped some interesting information regarding to Windows 9 or ‘Threshold.’ Here is a roughly translated Russian quote from WZor:
“In fact, the most interesting things are going in China, where Microsoft executives are shocked by a series of decisions of the Chinese government. Timing of Windows 9 now depends on how these problems will be solved. Our sources say that Microsoft is panicking about the fate of Windows 9. It’s very likely, that Microsoft will release Windows 9 Enterprise Edition without integration of Microsoft’s cloud services and with the ability to disable “Metro 2.0” interface. This possibility is being actively discussed at Microsoft.”
As China has grown socially. economically, and militarily it becomes an increasingly important market. The sheer size of China dwarfs the US and Europe combined. This coupled with what is perceived as a weak United States make decisions by foreign government more important than in the past.
As we reported earlier the Chinese government has been very vocal in criticizing Microsoft’s decision to drop support for Windows XP. It is estimated that 75% of China still uses Windows XP with 90% using pirated copies of the OS. There is also speculation that China is unhappy with Microsoft’s decision to select Indian Satya Nadella as their new CEO. India and China have been historically competitive. China still remains extremely hesitant to allow any non-Chinese cloud services to be used within the country.
These rumors should be taken with a grain of salt as plans of course may change. If Windows 9 is indeed off schedule this an extremely bad sign for Microsoft, as the new management is doing no better than the old management.
Source: RU Forum