The rumor mill has been constantly churning up the same narrative for the future of Windows. Apparently Microsoft wants to put Windows 8.1 behind and start new with the next iteration, Windows 9 aka “Threshold.” Some major changes are expected in the next iteration and if recent reports are true perhaps the Windows 9 preview release will take place in September. Multiple sources have reportedly claimed that Microsoft is now aiming to deliver a “technology preview” by late September or early October at the most.
The report also claims that all those who install the Windows 9 preview will also have to agree to receive automatic subsequent monthly updates. Final public release is slated for April 2015 if the chatter is to be believed.
Many new features are expected in Windows 9, including the return of the start menu, as well as the integration of Cortana, removal of Charms bar and support for multiple virtual desktops. Windows will certainly get a leg up on OS X by bringing Cortana to PCs as the rival platform has yet to receive Siri integration.
It is also claimed that the Windows 9 preview will be open to the public and all those interested would be able to get it when its available. That way Microsoft will be able to show to the consumer just exactly what the future of Windows is, which would be crucial if the company wants to extend its share in the PC market.
It should be kept in mind though that none of this has been confirmed by Microsoft, the company hasn’t even hinted about its Windows 9 plans as yet, so do keep an open mind.