Yeah, I liked this part in article: "So how much will Windows 9 cost? Not a lot."
"I wouldn't be surprised if it was free to consumers, although not to OEMs who purchase licences to put on PCs and laptops they sell. Even if customers have to pay to upgrade to Windows 9 they won't have to pay much. Just a few pounds."
For what it's worth, I like Windows 8.1 very much. I use it on all my computers, and it works like a dream - fast and reliable. OK, the default interface is irritating if you don't use a touch screen, but you can easily get around that. I don't like touch screens, so I use a mouse, and have no problems.
FE: I'm aware that I can download a 3rd Party Program that will give me something approximating the Style of Desktop that I have been using since I first looked at Windows '95 and decided that it was for me.
However, having tried the Metro Interface, on a Touch Screen while sitting at a desk, I don't like it. My arm and shoulder began to hurt in a very short time. Had Microsoft (you'll have noticed that I've stopped using the $ sign) given me the option of one or the other, I'd have been using a brand new W8 PC now, rather than my old XP Job with an upgrade to W7.
As it is, if W9 does not provide a solution, in house rather than 3rd Party Software, I shall grit my teeth, lighten my wallet and buy an iMac