As you might have heard, China wasn’t too happy about it when Microsoft officially ended support for Windows XP. They called Microsoft irresponsible but ironically enough despite alternatives such as Windows 8 being out there, they chose not to upgrade, claiming that Windows 8 would basically allow them to be spied on.
Now China is a pretty huge market and for the Chinese government to ban the installation of Windows 8 on government computers, that’s a lot of computers and business that Microsoft would be missing out on. According to a rumor from WZor, an individual known for his Microsoft-related leaks, it seems that the situation has caused quite a panic over at Microsoft.
Now the message is in Russian so it could be lost in translation, but we suppose the general idea is that Microsoft isn’t too pleased about the situation and are scrambling as to what they might do with Windows 8’s successor, Windows 9. The situation with China has apparently changed some of Microsoft’s plans.
For starters one of the changes includes Windows 9’s original release date. Microsoft is also said to be making changes to one of the SKUs, which might involve the removal of cloud-based integration in the OS, along with the ability to disable the Modern UI 2.0. No word on when Microsoft plans to release Windows 9, but last we heard it is possible that it could debut next year. In any case take it with a grain of salt for now, but do check back with us at a later date for the details.