Deathwatch: Windows 8
Windows 8 has pretty much been a disaster for Microsoft. Unfathomably, the OS was taken through all that testing, seen by all those techie people and focus groups and not one of them managed to convey to Microsoft just how dreadful and counter-intuitive the whole thing is.
Of course, with Microsoft spending money on it, they've had to ride it out for a while, if only to keep their pride intact.
However, that's all about to change as, according to those familiar with the situation, there's a new Windows ready to drop, which means Microsoft are finally ready to send Windows 8 to the guillotine.
The new system is codenamed Threshold and it will be released in 2015 as Windows 9.
At the BUILD conference, Microsoft are likely to outline what they intend to do with the new system and talk about the vision of Threshold and all that. Either way, you hope that Microsoft will actually seek out some feedback this time, rather than steaming ahead with something that, if you can imagine it, ends up worse than Windows 8.
It is obvious that Microsoft need to generate some excitement about the new OS because they've been lacking in love for a long time now. With Vista and 8 both getting roundly kicked, Microsoft need to get this one right or forever have Apple ringing them up and laughing down the phone at them while the rest of the world swears under its breath about clunky software.
One thing Microsoft need to do is to combine users fondness for apps and move to a return of something like the old Start menu, so they can combine what made Microsoft so successful for so long, with something more modern. There's a lot riding on this.