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By Everton Blair for everything-microsoft.com
For over 4 years we’ve covered the development of Windows 7, and now Windows 8. It may seem a bit premature to start thinking about Windows 9, but we can assure you Microsoft aren’t and they are already working on this release, even though Windows 8 hasn’t been released yet.
Some details about Windows 9 have been released. Over on Windows 7 News & Tips, Mike has tried to pull together what we know about Windows 9 so far. Below you can read a summary of his post.
Back before even Windows 7 was launched Microsoft announced that its successor, Windows 8, would be the very last version of Windows to support the old 32-bit architecture. It was very important that Microsoft made this announcement then. This then gave businesses a six year warning that they’d have to redevelop their ageing legacy software to work with a 64-bit operating system. It also warned software developers that they had just six years left to make sure all of their software, plug-ins and Windows extensions would be 64-bit; probably the most high profile example being Adobe’s Flash player which is only just appearing in a 64-bit beta despite Internet Explorer having gone 64-bit with Windows Vista in 2006.
Possibility: All modern hardware has now been 64-bit for about three years now so there’s no need for hardware manufacturers to catch up. However this will put added pressure on hardware vendors and software companies to run their code through Microsoft certification programmes, as the move to 64-bit may force all unsigned code off the platform (Note: this may happen with Windows 8 )
This excerpt is shared with permission from everything-microsoft.com.