We know that Microsoft is hard at work developing the next iteration of Windows. Some refer to it by the Threshold codename, others believe it will be distributed as Windows 9. Rumor has it that Microsoft is going to release a technology preview of the new iteration later this month. The company itself has not confirmed anything as yet but today some alleged screenshots from this preview have leaked online.

The screenshots first appeared on a couple of German websites, WinFuture and ComputerBase, where it is claimed that they are from a Windows 9 technology preview build that has already been seeded to the company’s partners.

One of the expected features seen in these screenshots is the new “mini” Start menu as well as the ability to run Metro apps on Desktop. According to reports Windows 9 will also have support for virtual desktops, a standalone notification center and perhaps even a revamped Charms bar.

What these screenshots do reveal is that this iteration is still undoubtedly a work in progress. Most of what you see here might be changed or tweaked by Microsoft when the official release draws near. It is believed that the company is aiming for an early 2015 release. No word as yet on when the technology preview is going to be released for the public.

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