For quite a while now we have been hearing that the next wave of major Windows updates will come under the “Threshold” banner. Microsoft is expected to elaborate on it at its BUILD developers conference in April. The actual release is said to be a year off, Microsoft will reportedly talk in detail about its vision for the future of Windows. According to the latest by the folks at Windows SuperSite, Threshold is expected to be called Windows 9 with release scheduled for April 2015.

The conference itself is said to be focused primarily on Windows Phone and Xbox, while the Threshold announcement is expected to reveal the direction Microsoft is headed in with Windows. The next major update is likely to come with major changes, such as the return of the Start Menu and support for running Metro apps on desktop simultaneously with desktop apps. Rumor has it that Redmond is planning to drop the Windows 8 moniker and start afresh with a totally different brand. Developers shouldn’t expect to get their hands on an early alpha release of Windows 9 though, development won’t reportedly begin until the end of April 2014. The company is currently said to be working out the list of features that it intends to offer in its next major Windows update.

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